UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: Cardiology

Title: new uses for therapeutic hypothermia

Keywords: hypothermia, cardiogenic shock (PubMed Search)

Posted: 6/10/2012 by Amal Mattu, MD (Updated: 3/3/2024)
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Therapeutic Hypothermia... Broadening its use beyond cardiac arrest survivors

New studies are utilizing mild therapeutic hypothermia as a treatment option in cardiogenic shock. These studies have reported improved circulatory support, an increase in systemic vascular resistance, and reduction in vasopressor use which ultimately may result in lower cardiac oxygen consumption. The preliminary results suggest that mild therapeutic hypothermia could be a therapeutic option in hemodynamically unstable patients independent of current recommendations which support its use in cardiac arrest survivors.


Mild therapeutic hypothermia in cardiogenic shock syndrome. 

Zobel, Carsten MD; Adler, Christoph MS; Kranz, Anna MS; Seck, Catherine MD; Pfister, Roman MD; Hellmich, Martin MD; Kochanek, Matthias MD; Reuter, Hannes MD
Critical Care Medicine . 40(6):1715–1723, June 2012.