Systolic Pressure-Dimension Relationships and Diastolic Dimensions for Monitoring of Left Ventricular Function

  • H. Heinrich
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Left ventricular function is determined by preload, afterload, contractility, and heart rate. The best description of the interactions of these main determinants on left ventricular function is the pressure-volume diagram. However, in clinical practice, use of the pressure-volume diagram was, and still is, restricted to the catheter laboratory and to experimental conditions, the main problem for clinical use being the difficulty involved in determining the left ventricular volume.


Left Ventricular Volume Left Ventricular Pressure Maximum Curve Diastolic Dimension Peak Systolic Pressure 
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