Which cardiovascular findings are characteristic of metabolic acidosis?

Updated: Oct 05, 2018
  • Author: Antonia Quinn, DO; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Severe acidemia (ie, pH < 7.10) can predispose a patient to potentially fatal ventricular arrhythmias, and it can reduce cardiac contractility and the inotropic response to catecholamines, resulting in hypotension and congestive heart failure.


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