What is the role of vasodilators in the treatment of acute heart failure?

Updated: Mar 02, 2021
  • Author: Ioana Dumitru, MD; Chief Editor: Gyanendra K Sharma, MD, FACC, FASE  more...
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Vasodilators (eg, nitroprusside, nitroglycerin, or nesiritide) may be considered as an addition to diuretics for patients with acute heart failure for relief of symptoms. Vasodilators decrease preload and/or afterload.


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