Sepsis-induced myocardial dysfunction has traditionally been thought of as principally affecting systolic heart function. One of the primary reasons for this concept is that systolic dysfunction is relatively easy to conceptualize, visualize, and measure. With the advent of preload-independent measurements for diastolic function, both measurement and conceptual difficulties are being resolved, and a new realm of evidence is beginning to emerge regarding the aberrations that are found during cardiac relaxation in sepsis. A recent article in Critical Care brings this issue into sharper focus.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine