Treatment of Complications

Some of the complications associated with heatstroke occur early as opposed to late (Table 18.7.15). In patients with a relatively intact cardiovascular system, heat stress causes an increase in heart rate and cardiac index. Most heatstroke victims have a high cardiac index, elevated central venous pressure, and a low peripheral resistance. However, heart failure, pulmonary edema, and cardiovascular collapse can occur even in young healthy individuals. In any age group, the presence of hypotension, decreased cardiac output, and a falling cardiac index indicates a particularly poor prognosis. A pulmonary artery catheter may be necessary in the assessment of appropriate volume replacement.

Blood Pressure Health

Blood Pressure Health

Your heart pumps blood throughout your body using a network of tubing called arteries and capillaries which return the blood back to your heart via your veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats.Learn more...

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