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When do you use dobutamine when treating congestive cardiac failure?

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Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 23 years experience
When usual efforts: Fail. Once diuretics and usual efforts fail, then pressure like Dobutamine are used. Typically this is done in ICU or ccu.
Dr. Joshua Buckler
Cardiology 19 years experience
Decompensated CHF: Typically when patients are decompensated, such that the physicians cannot remove the fluid without an added squeeze from the heart. It can also be used in cardiogenic shock.

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When should we choose dopamine over dobutamine in treating congestive cardiac failure?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Low blood pressure: If the blood pressure is low in CHF , Dopamine is better at raising it.

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