Efficacy and safety of nesiritide in patients with acute decompensated heart failure.
Acute decompensated heart failure is a common clinical problem with associated poor outcomes. Over the last decade, attention to this area has greatly increased, with a focus on medical therapies that may safely offer improvement in acute symptoms and early outcomes. Previous therapies that focused on increased inotropy have generally failed to improve symptoms without adverse consequences. Thus, attention towards vasodilators and natriuretic peptides, such as nesiritide, has increased owing to nesiritide's symptomatic improvement and unique mechanism of improvement in hemodynamics. However, the pathophysiology of acute decompensated heart failure is complex and the impact of nesiritide on important clinical end points, beyond symptomatic and hemodynamic improvement, is unknown.
DeWald, TA; Hernandez, AF
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