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Pulmonary Edema (cont.)

Outlook

Cardiogenic pulmonary edema affects up to 2% of the US population and accounts for hundreds of thousands of hospital admissions. Research continues on a variety of medications to help treat patients with acute respiratory distress. New medications such as nesiritide (Natrecor) are being introduced and evaluated to help in the treatment of this disease.

Meanwhile, population education remains the mainstay in trying to decrease the risk of heart disease and the subsequent development of pulmonary edema and heart failure.

Medically reviewed by James E Gerace, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Pulmonary Disease

REFERENCES:

Tintinalli, J et al. Emergency Medicine. 6th edition. 2006. McGraw Hill

Marx, JA et al. Rosen's Emergency Medicine 6th edition 2006. Mosby


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/30/2014

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