Clinical evaluation of left heart function by conductance catheter technique

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Methods to obtain pressure-volume loops in humans and their application to clinical diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disease are discussed. The method employs a conductance catheter, micromanometer, and inferior vena caval balloon occluder to reversibly and rapidly vary venous return. Multiple cardiac cycles measured during this manoeuvre are used to derive a variety of systolic and diastolic function indices, as well as estimates of vascular loading, and cardiac energetics. Strengths and weaknesses of the method as well as pressure-volume indexes themselves are briefly discussed. Lastly, three clinical examples are presented which serve to demonstrate how pressure-volume analysis can provide useful clinical information regarding diagnosis and/or treatment in subjects with heart failure symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-64
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean heart journal
Issue numberSUPPL. E
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992


  • Congestive heart failure
  • Diastole
  • Human heart failure
  • Impedance volumetry
  • Pressure-volume relations
  • Ventricular function

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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