Catheter Procedure Does Not Increase Mortality in Advanced Heart Failure Patients

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Heart Failure Treatment

Lack of benefit on major outcomes suggests limiting use to experienced centers and patients with severe symptoms that persist despite previous therapies

Pulmonary artery catheterization (PAC), an invasive diagnostic procedure used to guide treatment for patients with critical illness, has remained one of the most controversial topics in critical care medicine, following publication of a major observational study that suggested it may unintentionally increase risk of death in severely ill patients.