Left Ventricular Pump Function

  • C. W. Buffington
Part of the Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine book series (UICM, volume 28)


The heart is a cleverly designed organ that propells blood around the body. Satisfactory performance depends on competent cardiac valves and powerful contraction of cardiac muscle. The heart’s performance is often compared to that of a hydraulic pump where efficiency is computed as the ratio of work performed to oxygen consumed. Any understanding of the factors governing left ventricular performance must begin with the events of the cardiac cycle.


Stroke Volume Left Ventricular Volume Ventricular Pressure Stroke Work External Work 
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