Mechanical aspects of cardiac performance

Michael K. Loushin, Paul A. Iaizzo

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This chapter is a review of commonly utilized monitoring techniques performed to assess the function of the general cardiovascular system. Specifically, means to assess arterial blood pressure, central venous pressure, pulmonary artery pressure, mixed venous oxygen saturation, cardiac output, pressure-volume loops, and Frank-Starling curves are described. Basic physiological principals underlying cardiac function are also briefly discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Cardiac Anatomy, Physiology, and Devices
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)1588294439, 9781588294432
StatePublished - 2005


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