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Current Cardiology Reviews


ISSN (Print): 1573-403X
ISSN (Online): 1875-6557

Systematic Review Article

Management of Cardiogenic Shock due to Thyrotoxicosis: A Systematic Literature Review

Author(s): Milad Modarresi, Ahmed Amro*, Mohammad Amro, Amal Sobeih, Uzo Okoro, Kanaan Mansoor, Carlos Rueda, Rawan Elhamdani, Nesreen BenHamed, Timothy Kocher and Mehiar Elhamdani

Volume 16, Issue 4, 2020

Page: [326 - 332] Pages: 7

DOI: 10.2174/1573403X16666200313103657

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Background: A grave complication of thyrotoxicosis, or thyroid storm, is the development of heart failure and cardiomyopathy. Recognizing this condition is imperative in preventing further left ventricular dysfunction and cardiogenic shock. This manuscript aims to review the literature on cardiogenic shock associated with thyrotoxicosis and present management recommendations on this rare condition.

Methods: A literature search was performed in December of 2018, using the PubMed medical search engine. A systematic search was carried out using the keywords Thyroid Storm AND Cardiogenic Shock and Thyrotoxicosis AND Shock.

Management: Decrease of thyroid hormone levels using therapeutic plasma exchange LV Unloading and ventilation by Impella and Extracorporeal Mechanical Ventilation (ECMO).

Conclusion: Patients presenting with thyroid storm-induced shock may not be suitable candidates for traditional management with β -adrenergic blockers (β-blockers). The use of β-blockers could exasperate their condition. Through extensive literature review on this rare condition, the most effective management was found to be therapeutic plasma exchange in order to decrease thyroid hormone levels, which have direct toxic effect on the heart. Furthermore, the use of ECMO and Impella is advised to reduce pressure on the heart and ensure the patient’s organs are well oxygenated and perfused while the left ventricle is recovering.

Keywords: Thyrotoxicosis, cardiogenic shock, shock, thyroid storm, ECMO, impella, therapeutic plasma exchange.

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