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If you or a loved one suffers from a condition that causes fluid overload, such as heart failure, Nuwellis offers the Aquadex Smartflow® System. This simplified ultrafiltration technology gently removes excess fluid and salt from the blood, restoring the body’s natural fluid balance.
Fluid overload, or hypervolemia, is a medical condition where there is too much fluid in the body. Excess fluid, primarily salt and water, builds up throughout the body and bloodstream which may result in a range of symptoms and possibly hospitalization. Most of the time, the body will naturally dispose of this excess fluid through urination. However, with certain medical conditions, it may be necessary to provide the body with some assistance.
Fluid overload is a serious condition that puts stress on organs and tissues. If left untreated, fluid overload can cause several complications, some of which are life-threatening.
People with fluid overload commonly experience the following symptoms:
Heart failure, nephrotic syndrome (kidney disorder causing the body to leak too much protein into the urine), and liver or kidney damage/failure.
Increased IV fluid or sodium intake during certain surgical procedures like coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), valve repair/replacement, atrial fibrillation ablation, and other procedures.
Fluid remobilization after treatment for severe infections (sepsis), burns, or trauma.
Treatment of fluid overload differs from person to person depending on the cause of the condition. For most people, taking medications called diuretics (water pills) will help remove excess fluid in the body. Patients with certain underlying conditions either do not adequately respond to diuretics or develop resistance to therapy over time.
Simplified ultrafiltration therapy is an option for treating fluid overload in people where diuretics have failed.
In critically ill pediatric patients, managing fluid balance is crucial in reducing the risk of morbidity and mortality. Simplified ultrafiltration using the Aquadex SmartFlow System is indicated to treat fluid overload in pediatric patients ≥ 20KG.
If symptoms of fluid overload have prevented you or a loved one from enjoying everyday activities, simplified ultrafiltration may be able to help.