Cardiac output measurement in patients undergoing cardiac surgery provides objective information concerning the performance of the heart. A simple technique for determining cardiac output on the basis of electrical impedance variations is described. Routine measurement of cardiac output in the immediate post operative period led to important innovations in the management of the patients, namely: a) prophylactic use of inotropic drugs as soon as a subclinical reduction of cardiac output is documented; b) artificial pacing at optimal rate; c) prompt assessment of the effectiveness of the treatment.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Surgery in Italy|
|Publication status||Published - 1975|
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