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julio 14, 2020

Crosstalk between brain, lung and heart in critical care

Extracerebral complications, especially pulmonary and cardiovascular, are frequent in brain-injured patients and are major determinants of the outcome. Two major pathways have been described: brain-lung and brain-heart interactions. Lung injuries after acute brain damages include ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and neurogenic pulmonary œdema (NPE), whereas heart injuries can range from cardiac enzymes release, ECG abnormalities to left ventricle…