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Hemodynamic Instability


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Hemodynamic instability occurs when there’s abnormal or unstable blood pressure, which can cause inadequate blood flow to your child’s organs. Hemodynamic instability symptoms may include

  • Abnormal heart rate (arrhythmias)
  • Chest pain
  • Cold hands, arms, legs, or feet, or a bluish discoloration of these areas (peripheral cyanosis)
  • Confusion
  • Decreased urine output
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Restlessness
  • Shortness of breath

University of Miami Health System pediatric critical care doctors offer the latest approaches to treat hemodynamic instability and other blood pressure-related problems in children. Your child gets personalized attention from an experienced team that’s dedicated to your child’s health and well-being.


Physical Exam
Your child’s critical care specialist performs a comprehensive physical exam to diagnose hemodynamic instability, including a check of all vital signs like respiratory (breathing) rate, pulse, body temperature, and blood pressure./p>


Artificial Support
In most cases, hemodynamic instability will require some type of artificial, mechanical support to maintain blood pressure and heart activity, such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

Why Choose UHealth?

Comprehensive, family-centered care. We offer comprehensive, interdisciplinary care and management of complex medical conditions, as well as the continual involvement of parents and families. Our team spearheaded family-centered care as a standard for pediatric critical care, involving parents and families in our doctors' daily rounds to provide updates on status and progress.

Treating young patients from all over the world. Our critical care specialists have significant experience taking care of a culturally diverse patient population. Children and their families come from all over the world to receive quality care, compassionately delivered by outstanding pediatric specialists and other skilled medical professionals within our facilities.

Top-notch care in an academic health system. Backed by one of the nation’s top universities, our team uses the latest technologies and research-driven expertise to provide your child with superior, personalized care and the best outcomes possible. We’re the only academic health center in South Florida with developmental and behavioral pediatric specialists on staff.

Commitment to research and education. As part of a university-based health system, our critical care team is involved in several clinical trials at any given time. Our department houses a three-year fellowship program in pediatric critical care. Our ongoing involvement in research and training the next generation of pediatric critical care providers allows us to offer the latest innovative, emerging treatments more quickly and safely than other facilities.

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