Ultrafiltration for congestive heart failure

Marit Thorsgard, Bradley A. Bart

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Abstract

Relief of congestive symptoms is a primary goal in treating heart failure. Ultrafiltration is a tool that can be used to safely remove sodium and water from whole blood at a controlled rate. Ultrafiltration decreases symptoms, relieves congestion, and improves hemodynamics, neurohormonal balance, and exercise capacity. This article describes the importance of congestion as a therapeutic target in heart failure and outlines the development of ultrafiltration as a treatment to address this important physiologic state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-143
Number of pages8
JournalCongestive Heart Failure
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

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