The pathophysiology of myocardial edema. Principles of myocardial fluid balance

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Abstract

Excess fluid in the myocardial interstitium is a common manifestation of many clinical states. Extracellular myocardial edema should be a concern for clinicians because it has been demonstrated to produce cardiac dysfunction. This paper will briefly discuss those factors governing myocardial fluid balance and review the evidence of myocardial edema in various diseases.

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