Which medications in the drug class Vasodilators are used in the treatment of Coarctation of the Aorta?

Updated: Nov 20, 2018
  • Author: Syamasundar Rao Patnana, MD; Chief Editor: Stuart Berger, MD  more...
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Vasodilators

Postoperative hypertension can be treated short-term with vasodilators, which reduce SVR, allowing more forward flow, thus improving cardiac output.

Nitroprusside (Nitropress)

Directly acting vasodilator. Exerts its effect on both arterial and venous circulation. Causes reflex tachycardia, small decrease in cardiac output, and decreases total peripheral resistance and cardiac and stroke index.


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