Cardiovascular diseases and the liver

Clin Liver Dis. 2011 Feb;15(1):1-20. doi: 10.1016/j.cld.2010.09.010.


The dual blood supply of the liver, originating from the portal vein and the hepatic artery, makes it relatively resistant to minor circulatory disturbances. However, hepatic manifestations of common cardiovascular disorders are frequently encountered in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. Beginning with the macro- and microcirculation of the liver, this article reviews the pathophysiology of hepatic blood flow and gives a detailed appraisal of ischemic hepatitis, congestive hepatopathy, and other less common hepatic conditions that arise when cardiovascular function is impaired.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cardiovascular Diseases / complications
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / physiopathology*
  • Female
  • Hepatic Artery / physiology
  • Humans
  • Liver / blood supply*
  • Liver Circulation / physiology*
  • Liver Diseases / complications
  • Liver Diseases / physiopathology*
  • Male
  • Portal Vein / physiology