Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Heart Failure Nesiritide

Nesiritide is a purified, natural hormone called human B-type natriuretic peptide, which is produced in the ventricles of the heart. Nesiritide causes veins and arteries to dilate and promotes renal excretion of sodium and water. These actions reduce stress on the weakened heart seen in patients with congestive heart failure. This allows the weakened heart to function more efficiently and improves patient symptoms.

Concurrent administration with ACE inhibitors and other vasodilators may cause low blood pressure.

Continue to Heart Failure Nitrates

Last Updated: Sep 3, 2007 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
Copyright DSHI Systems, Inc. Powered by: FreeMD - Your Virtual Doctor

PubMed Heart Failure References
  1. Bibbins-Domingo K, Lin F, Vittinghoff E, Barrett-Connor E, Hulley SB, Grady D, Shlipak MG. Predictors of heart failure among women with coronary disease. Circulation. 2004 Sep 14;110(11):1424-30. [1535349]
  2. Chen QM, Tu VC. Apoptosis and heart failure: mechanisms and therapeutic implications. Am J Cardiovasc Drugs. 2002;2(1):43-57. [14727998]
  3. Ebinger MW, Krishnan S, Schuger CD. Mechanisms of ventricular arrhythmias in heart failure. Curr Heart Fail Rep. 2005 Sep;2(3):111-7. [16138946]
  4. Mitchell J, Taylor A. Congestive heart failure in women. J Fam Pract. 2005 Jul;Suppl:6-7. [16134558]
FreeMD is provided for information purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for evaluation and treatment by a physician. Please review our terms of use.