Mechanical aspects of cardiac performance

Michael K. Loushin, Jason L. Quill, Paul A. Iaizzo

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Monitoring of hemodynamic and mechanical parameters of the heart are reviewed. Clinical methodologies are discussed along with tools used in a research setting. Specifically, these include: arterial blood pressure, central venous pressure, pulmonary artery pressure, mixed venous oxygen saturation, cardiac output, pressure-volume loops, flow monitoring, and Frank-Starling curves. These parameters are monitored using technology such as pressure transducers, Swan-Ganz catheters, thermodilution, sonomicrometry crystals, conductance catheters, ultrasound transducers, and loop recorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Cardiac Anatomy, Physiology, and Devices
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9781588294432
StatePublished - 2005


  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Cardiac index monitoring
  • Cardiac output
  • Cardiac pressure-volume loops
  • Central venous pressue monitoring
  • Flow monitoring
  • Implantable monitoring
  • Mixed venous saturation monitoring
  • Pulmonary artery pressure monitoring


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