Comparison of the effects of nicardipine and sodium nitroprusside for control of increased blood pressure after coronary artery bypass graft surgery

Younglan Kwak, Y. J. Oh, S. O. Bang, J. H. Lee, S. M. Jeong, Y. W. Hong

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We compared the haemodynamic effects of nicardipine and sodium nitroprusside after coronary artery bypass graft surgery. When post-surgery systolic blood pressure reached > 150 mmHg, patients were randomly given nicardipine (N group, n = 26) or sodium nitroprusside (S group, n = 21). The drugs were infused at a rate of 2 μg/kg per min for 10 min. If the target blood pressure (120 - 140 mmHg) was not achieved, the infusion rate was increased by 1 μg/kg per min every 10 min. Cardiac and stroke volume indices had increased significantly in the N group after 10 min and in both groups after 60 min. The infusion duration and total dose of drug were significantly lower in the N group compared with the S group. Nicardipine infusion controlled post-operative hypertension more rapidly and was superior to sodium nitroprusside in maintaining left ventricular performance immediately after drug infusion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-350
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of International Medical Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jan 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry, medical

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