Mechanical aspects of cardiac performance

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

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This chapter is a review of commonly utilized monitoring techniques 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 principles underlying cardiac function are also briefly discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Cardiac Anatomy, Physiology, and Devices, Third Edition
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9783319194646
ISBN (Print)9783319194639
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Cardiac index monitoring
  • Cardiac output
  • Cardiac pressure-volume loops
  • Central venous pressure monitoring
  • Flow monitoring
  • Implantable monitoring
  • Mixed venous saturation monitoring
  • Pulmonary artery pressure monitoring
  • Sarcoplasmic reticulum
  • Transverse tubules
  • Tropomyosin
  • Troponin


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