Ang II: A Real Addition to the Critical Care Armamentarium or Just Another “Me Too” Vasopressor?

First, let me start by apologizing for the 7 month delay between blog posts.  It turns out that keeping up a blog is more work than I anticipated, and I have failed in keeping it up to date – epic failure.

So, in my first blog post in more than half a year, I thought I would write some comments on Angiotensin II (Ang II).  As many have seen, this new vasopressor made a bit of a splash with a NEJM publication in May of this year.

In the two decades I have been practicing medicine, we have essentially been limited to catecholamine vasopressors.  And, as much as we like to talk about the different effects of catecholamine pressors on different catecholamine receptors, the fact remains they are all still catecholamines. Continue reading “Ang II: A Real Addition to the Critical Care Armamentarium or Just Another “Me Too” Vasopressor?”