Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation

Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) complicates 25% to 50% of septic patients, and is an independent predictor of mortality.1 DIC is a syndrome characterized by coagulation and activation and production of proinflammatory cytokines, culminating in intravascular fibrin formation and deposition in the microvasculature. Bleeding results from consumption and exhaustion of coagulation proteins and platelets,

because of continued activation of the coagulation system. DIC may produce ARF, hemorrhagic necrosis of the GI mucosa, liver failure, acute pancreatitis, ARDS, and

pulmonary failure.

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Blood Pressure Health

Your heart pumps blood throughout your body using a network of tubing called arteries and capillaries which return the blood back to your heart via your veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats.Learn more...

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