The blood pressure as recorded after wedging a CATHETER in a small PULMONARY ARTERY; believed to reflect the PRESSURE in the pulmonary CAPILLARIES.
The movement and the forces involved in the movement of the blood through the CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM.
The volume of BLOOD passing through the HEART per unit of time. It is usually expressed as liters (volume) per minute so as not to be confused with STROKE VOLUME (volume per beat).
A heterogeneous condition in which the heart is unable to pump out sufficient blood to meet the metabolic need of the body. Heart failure can be caused by structural defects, functional abnormalities (VENTRICULAR DYSFUNCTION), or a sudden overload beyond its capacity. Chronic heart failure is more common than acute heart failure which results from sudden insult to cardiac function, such as MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION.
The force that opposes the flow of BLOOD through a vascular bed. It is equal to the difference in BLOOD PRESSURE across the vascular bed divided by the CARDIAC OUTPUT.
Procedures in which placement of CARDIAC CATHETERS is performed for therapeutic or diagnostic procedures.
A type of stress exerted uniformly in all directions. Its measure is the force exerted per unit area. (McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 6th ed)
The blood pressure in the central large VEINS of the body. It is distinguished from peripheral venous pressure which occurs in an extremity.
The pressure due to the weight of fluid.
The pressure within a CARDIAC VENTRICLE. Ventricular pressure waveforms can be measured in the beating heart by catheterization or estimated using imaging techniques (e.g., DOPPLER ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY). The information is useful in evaluating the function of the MYOCARDIUM; CARDIAC VALVES; and PERICARDIUM, particularly with simultaneous measurement of other (e.g., aortic or atrial) pressures.
Excessive accumulation of extravascular fluid in the lung, an indication of a serious underlying disease or disorder. Pulmonary edema prevents efficient PULMONARY GAS EXCHANGE in the PULMONARY ALVEOLI, and can be life-threatening.
Placement of a balloon-tipped catheter into the pulmonary artery through the antecubital, subclavian, and sometimes the femoral vein. It is used to measure pulmonary artery pressure and pulmonary artery wedge pressure which reflects left atrial pressure and left ventricular end-diastolic pressure. The catheter is threaded into the right atrium, the balloon is inflated and the catheter follows the blood flow through the tricuspid valve into the right ventricle and out into the pulmonary artery.
The circulation of the BLOOD through the LUNGS.
The number of times the HEART VENTRICLES contract per unit of time, usually per minute.
The amount of BLOOD pumped out of the HEART per beat, not to be confused with cardiac output (volume/time). It is calculated as the difference between the end-diastolic volume and the end-systolic volume.

Prediction of life expectancy in patients with primary pulmonary hypertension. A retrospective nationwide survey from 1980-1990. (1/595)

Primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH) is a progressive disease of unknown etiology usually followed by death within 5 years after diagnosis. Although heart-lung or lung transplantation is now offered to patients with advanced PPH, adequate criteria assessing an accurate prediction of life expectancy in PPH has been difficult to establish. The aims of this study were to identify the characteristic features associated with a poor prognosis in patients with PPH, and to attempt to establish an individual prognostic index that predicts with great accuracy survival or death of PPH after one year, thereby helping to define criteria for patient selection for transplantation. In 1991, a retrospective nation-wide survey on PPH was conducted in Japan, and the clinical and cardiorespiratory variables of 223 PPH cases (female; 144, male; 79) in the period from 1980-1990 were obtained. The mean pulmonary arterial pressure (PPA) was 57.5+/-17.2 mm Hg (mean+/-SD), and the overall median survival time was 32.5 months since the first diagnostic catheterization. The characteristic features of 61 patients who died within one year of catheterization (Nonsurvivors group) were compared to 141 patients who survived one year or more from the time of catheterization (Survivors group). Among several clinical and cardiorespiratory variables, heart rate, PPA, right atrial pressure (PRA), stroke volume index (SI), pulmonary vascular resistance, and partial pressure of carbon dioxide (PaCO2) were significantly different between the two groups. As the independent factors, PPA, PRA, SI, and PaCO2 were selected for the multiple logistic analysis. Using a 0.7 probability cut-point to separate Nonsurvivors from Survivors, 84.6% of Nonsurvivors and Survivors could be correctly predicted from this logistic regression equation. Predictive equations like the present preliminary one can be used in the future to better assess life expectancy in patients with PPH in whom transplantation will be considered.  (+info)

Pulmonary capillary perfusion: intra-alveolar fractal patterns and interalveolar independence. (2/595)

Pulmonary capillary perfusion was analyzed from videomicroscopic recordings to determine flow switching characteristics among capillary segments in isolated, blood-perfused canine lungs. Within each alveolus, the rapid switching pattern was repetitive and was, therefore, nonrandom (fractal dimensions near 1.0). This self-similarity over time was unexpected in a network widely considered to be passive. Among adjacent alveoli, the relationship among the switching patterns was even more surprising, for there was virtually no relationship between the perfusion patterns (coefficients of determination approaching zero). These findings demonstrated that the perfusion patterns in individual alveolar walls were independent of their next-door neighbors. The lack of dependence among neighboring networks suggests an interesting characteristic: the failure of one alveolar-capillary bed would leave its neighbors relatively unaffected, a feature of a robust design.  (+info)

Effect of intensive therapy for heart failure on the vasodilator response to exercise. (3/595)

OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the study was to evaluate the lower extremity vascular responsiveness to metabolic stimuli in patients with heart failure and to determine whether these responses improve acutely after intensive medical therapy. BACKGROUND: Metabolic regulation of vascular tone is an important determinant of blood flow, and may be abnormal in heart failure. METHODS: The leg blood flow responses were measured in 11 patients with nonedematous class III-IV heart failure before and after inpatient medical therapy and in 10 normal subjects. Venous occlusion plethysmography was used to measure peak blood flow and total hyperemia in the calf after arterial occlusion and also after isotonic ankle exercise. Measurements were repeated following short-term inpatient treatment with vasodilators and diuretics administered to decrease right atrial pressure (18+/-2 to 7+/-1 mm Hg), pulmonary wedge pressure (32+/-3 to 15+/-2 mm Hg), and systemic vascular resistance (1581+/-200 to 938+/-63, all p < 0.02). RESULTS: Leg blood flow at rest, after exercise, and during reactive hyperemia was less in heart failure patients than in control subjects. Resting leg blood flow did not increase significantly after medical therapy, but peak flow after the high level of exercise increased by 59% (p = 0.009). Total hyperemic volume in the recovery period increased by 73% (p = 0.03). Similarly, the peak leg blood flow response to ischemia increased by 88% (p = 0.04), whereas hyperemic volume rose by 98% (p = 0.1). CONCLUSIONS: The calf blood flow responses to metabolic stimuli are blunted in patients with severe heart failure, and improve rapidly with intensive medical therapy.  (+info)

Combined effects of nitric oxide and oxygen during acute pulmonary vasodilator testing. (4/595)

OBJECTIVES: We compared the ability of inhaled nitric oxide (NO), oxygen (O2) and nitric oxide in oxygen (NO+O2) to identify reactive pulmonary vasculature in pulmonary hypertensive patients during acute vasodilator testing at cardiac catheterization. BACKGROUND: In patients with pulmonary hypertension, decisions regarding suitability for corrective surgery, transplantation and assessment of long-term prognosis are based on results obtained during acute pulmonary vasodilator testing. METHODS: In group 1, 46 patients had hemodynamic measurements in room air (RA), 100% O2, return to RA and NO (80 parts per million [ppm] in RA). In group 2, 25 additional patients were studied in RA, 100% O2 and 80 ppm NO in oxygen (NO+O2). RESULTS: In group 1, O2 decreased pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) (mean+/-SEM) from 17.2+/-2.1 U.m2 to 11.1+/-1.5 U.m2 (p < 0.05). Nitric oxide caused a comparable decrease from 17.8+/-2.2 U.m2 to 11.7+/-1.7 U.m2 (p < 0.05). In group 2, PVR decreased from 20.1+/-2.6 U.m2 to 14.3+/-1.9 U.m2 in O2 (p < 0.05) and further to 10.5+/-1.7 U.m2 in NO+O2 (p < 0.05). A response of 20% or more reduction in PVR was seen in 22/25 patients with NO+O2 compared with 16/25 in O2 alone (p = 0.01). CONCLUSIONS: Inhaled NO and O2 produced a similar degree of selective pulmonary vasodilation. Our data suggest that combination testing with NO + O2 provides additional pulmonary vasodilation in patients with a reactive pulmonary vascular bed in a selective, safe and expeditious fashion during cardiac catheterization. The combination of NO+O2 identifies patients with significant pulmonary vasoreactivity who might not be recognized if O2 or NO were used separately.  (+info)

Atrial arrhythmia after surgical closure of atrial septal defects in adults. (5/595)

BACKGROUND: Atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation are causes of morbidity in adults with an atrial septal defect. In this study, we attempted to identify risk factors for atrial flutter and fibrillation both before and after the surgical closure of an atrial septal defect. METHODS: We searched for preoperative and postoperative atrial flutter or fibrillation in 213 adult patients (82 men and 131 women) who underwent surgical closure of atrial septal defects because of symptoms, a substantial left-to-right shunt (ratio of pulmonary to systemic blood flow, >1.5:1), or both at Toronto Hospital between 1986 and 1997. RESULTS: Forty patients (19 percent) had sustained atrial flutter or fibrillation before surgery. As compared with the patients who did not have atrial flutter or fibrillation before surgery, those who did were older (59+/-11 vs. 37+/-13 years, P<0.001) and had higher mean pulmonary arterial pressures (25.0+/-9.7 vs. 19.7+/-8.2 mm Hg, P=0.001). There were no perioperative deaths. After a mean follow-up period of 3.8+/-2.5 years, 24 of the 40 patients (60 percent) continued to have atrial flutter or fibrillation. The mean age of these patients was greater than that of the 16 who converted to sinus rhythm (P=0.02). New-onset atrial flutter or atrial fibrillation was more likely to have developed at follow-up in patients who were older than 40 years at the time of surgery than in those who were 40 or younger (5 of 67 vs. 0 of 106, P=0.008). Late events (those occurring more than one month after surgery) included stroke in six patients (all but one with atrial flutter or fibrillation, one of whom died) and death from noncardiac causes in two patients. Multivariate analysis showed that older age (>40 years) at the time of surgery (P=0.001), the presence of preoperative atrial flutter or fibrillation (P<0.001), and the presence of postoperative atrial flutter or fibrillation or junctional rhythm (P=0.02) were predictive of late postoperative atrial flutter or fibrillation. CONCLUSIONS: The risk of atrial flutter or atrial fibrillation in adults with atrial septal defects is related to the age at the time of surgical repair and the pulmonary arterial pressure. To reduce the morbidity associated with atrial flutter and fibrillation, the timely closure of atrial septal defects is warranted.  (+info)

Influence of pulmonary capillary wedge pressure on central apnea in heart failure. (6/595)

BACKGROUND: Recent studies suggest that acute pulmonary congestion induces hyperventilation and that hyperventilation-related hypocapnia leads to ventilatory control instability and central sleep apnea. Whether chronic pulmonary congestion due to congestive heart failure (CHF) is associated with central apnea is unknown. We hypothesized that CHF patients with central apnea would have greater pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) than patients without central apnea and that PCWP would correlate with central apnea severity. METHODS AND RESULTS: Seventy-five stable CHF patients underwent right heart catheterization and, on the basis of overnight sleep studies, were divided into central apnea (n=33), obstructive apnea (n=20), or nonapnea groups (apnea-hypopnea index [AHI] <5 events per hour). Mean PCWP was significantly greater in the central than in the obstructive and nonapnea groups (mean+/-SEM [range]: 22. 8+/-1.2 [11 to 38] versus 12.3+/-1.2 [4 to 21] versus 11.5+/-1.5 [3 to 28] mm Hg, respectively; P<0.001). Within the central apnea group, PCWP correlated with the frequency and severity of central apnea (AHI: r=0.47, P=0.006) and degree of hypocapnia (PaCO2: r=-0.42, P=0. 017). Intensive medical therapy in 7 patients with initially high PCWP and central apneas reduced both PCWP (29.0+/-2.6 [20 to 38] to 22.0+/-1.8 [17 to 27] mm Hg; P<0.001) and central apnea frequency (AHI) (38.5+/-7.7 [7 to 62] to 18.5+/-5.3 [1 to 31] events per hour; P=0.005). CONCLUSIONS: PCWP is elevated in CHF patients with central apneas compared with those with obstructive apnea or without apnea. Moreover, a highly significant relationship exists between PCWP, hypocapnia, and central apnea frequency and severity.  (+info)

Pulmonary artery pressure variation in patients with connective tissue disease: 24 hour ambulatory pulmonary artery pressure monitoring. (7/595)

BACKGROUND: The specific contribution of secondary pulmonary hypertension to the morbidity and mortality of patients with underlying lung disease can be difficult to assess from single measurements of pulmonary artery pressure. We have studied patients with secondary pulmonary hypertension using an ambulatory system for measuring continuous pulmonary artery pressure (PAP). We chose to study patients with connective tissue disease because they represent a group at high risk of pulmonary vascular disease, but with little disturbance of lung function. METHODS: Six patients (five with progressive systemic sclerosis and one with systemic lupus erythematosis) were studied. They underwent preliminary cardiopulmonary investigations followed by Doppler echocardiography, right heart catheterisation, and ambulatory pulmonary artery pressure monitoring to measure changes in pressure over a 24 hour period including during a formal exercise test. RESULTS: All patients had pulmonary hypertension as measured by Doppler echocardiography with estimated pulmonary artery systolic pressures of 40-100 mm Hg. Pulmonary function testing revealed virtually normal spirometric values (mean FEV1 86.9% predicted) but marked reduction in CO gas transfer factor (KCO 57.8% predicted). Exercise responses were impaired with mean VO2max 50.6% predicted. Ambulatory PAP monitoring indicated significant changes in pressures with variation in posture and activity throughout 24 hours. Resting PAP did not predict the change in PAP seen on exercise. CONCLUSION: Conventional methods of assessment of the pulmonary circulation based on single measurements in the supine position may underestimate the stresses faced by the right side of the circulation. This ambulatory system allows monitoring of pulmonary haemodynamics continuously over 24 hours during normal activities of daily living. These measurements may increase our understanding of the contribution made by secondary pulmonary hypertension to the morbidity and mortality of the underlying lung disease.  (+info)

Relation between plasma nitrate and mean pulmonary arterial pressure in ventricular septal defect. (8/595)

BACKGROUND: Nitric oxide (NO) is known to modulate myocardial contraction and coronary tone, and its inhalation reduces pulmonary vascular resistance in patients with pulmonary hypertension. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the pathophysiological role of NO in patients with a ventricular septal defect (VSD). PATIENTS: Twenty-nine children with VSD, nine of whom had undergone VSD closure surgery, and 14 patients with Kawasaki disease. The mean age of the VSD patients was 3.1 years (range, 2 months to 9 years). METHODS: Using high performance liquid chromatography, nitrate (a more stable NO oxidation product) was measured in plasma specimens of the patients undergoing cardiac catheterisation. RESULTS: Nitrate concentrations in the pulmonary artery bore a significant relation to mean pulmonary artery pressure, pulmonary to systemic systolic pressure ratio, and pulmonary to systemic flow ratio. CONCLUSIONS: The concentration of nitrate was in proportion to the increment in intravascular or cardiac pressure, indicating that endogenous NO is upregulated as a compensatory homeostatic attempt to reduce pulmonary pressure and blood flow.  (+info)

Pulmonary wedge pressure, also known as pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) or left heart filling pressure, is a measurement obtained during right heart catheterization. It reflects the pressure in the left atrium, which is an estimate of the diastolic pressure in the left ventricle. Normal PCWP ranges from 4 to 12 mmHg. Increased pulmonary wedge pressure can indicate heart failure or other cardiac disorders that affect the left side of the heart.

Hemodynamics is the study of how blood flows through the cardiovascular system, including the heart and the vascular network. It examines various factors that affect blood flow, such as blood volume, viscosity, vessel length and diameter, and pressure differences between different parts of the circulatory system. Hemodynamics also considers the impact of various physiological and pathological conditions on these variables, and how they in turn influence the function of vital organs and systems in the body. It is a critical area of study in fields such as cardiology, anesthesiology, and critical care medicine.

Cardiac output is a measure of the amount of blood that is pumped by the heart in one minute. It is defined as the product of stroke volume (the amount of blood pumped by the left ventricle during each contraction) and heart rate (the number of contractions per minute). Normal cardiac output at rest for an average-sized adult is about 5 to 6 liters per minute. Cardiac output can be increased during exercise or other conditions that require more blood flow, such as during illness or injury. It can be measured noninvasively using techniques such as echocardiography or invasively through a catheter placed in the heart.

Heart failure is a pathophysiological state in which the heart is unable to pump sufficient blood to meet the metabolic demands of the body or do so only at the expense of elevated filling pressures. It can be caused by various cardiac disorders, including coronary artery disease, hypertension, valvular heart disease, cardiomyopathy, and arrhythmias. Symptoms may include shortness of breath, fatigue, and fluid retention. Heart failure is often classified based on the ejection fraction (EF), which is the percentage of blood that is pumped out of the left ventricle during each contraction. A reduced EF (less than 40%) is indicative of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), while a preserved EF (greater than or equal to 50%) is indicative of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). There is also a category of heart failure with mid-range ejection fraction (HFmrEF) for those with an EF between 40-49%.

Vascular resistance is a measure of the opposition to blood flow within a vessel or a group of vessels, typically expressed in units of mmHg/(mL/min) or sometimes as dynes*sec/cm^5. It is determined by the diameter and length of the vessels, as well as the viscosity of the blood flowing through them. In general, a decrease in vessel diameter, an increase in vessel length, or an increase in blood viscosity will result in an increase in vascular resistance, while an increase in vessel diameter, a decrease in vessel length, or a decrease in blood viscosity will result in a decrease in vascular resistance. Vascular resistance is an important concept in the study of circulation and cardiovascular physiology because it plays a key role in determining blood pressure and blood flow within the body.

Blood pressure is the force exerted by circulating blood on the walls of the blood vessels. It is measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg) and is given as two figures:

1. Systolic pressure: This is the pressure when the heart pushes blood out into the arteries.
2. Diastolic pressure: This is the pressure when the heart rests between beats, allowing it to fill with blood.

Normal blood pressure for adults is typically around 120/80 mmHg, although this can vary slightly depending on age, sex, and other factors. High blood pressure (hypertension) is generally considered to be a reading of 130/80 mmHg or higher, while low blood pressure (hypotension) is usually defined as a reading below 90/60 mmHg. It's important to note that blood pressure can fluctuate throughout the day and may be affected by factors such as stress, physical activity, and medication use.

Cardiac catheterization is a medical procedure used to diagnose and treat cardiovascular conditions. In this procedure, a thin, flexible tube called a catheter is inserted into a blood vessel in the arm or leg and threaded up to the heart. The catheter can be used to perform various diagnostic tests, such as measuring the pressure inside the heart chambers and assessing the function of the heart valves.

Cardiac catheterization can also be used to treat certain cardiovascular conditions, such as narrowed or blocked arteries. In these cases, a balloon or stent may be inserted through the catheter to open up the blood vessel and improve blood flow. This procedure is known as angioplasty or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).

Cardiac catheterization is typically performed in a hospital cardiac catheterization laboratory by a team of healthcare professionals, including cardiologists, radiologists, and nurses. The procedure may be done under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the individual patient's needs and preferences.

Overall, cardiac catheterization is a valuable tool in the diagnosis and treatment of various heart conditions, and it can help improve symptoms, reduce complications, and prolong life for many patients.

In medical terms, pressure is defined as the force applied per unit area on an object or body surface. It is often measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg) in clinical settings. For example, blood pressure is the force exerted by circulating blood on the walls of the arteries and is recorded as two numbers: systolic pressure (when the heart beats and pushes blood out) and diastolic pressure (when the heart rests between beats).

Pressure can also refer to the pressure exerted on a wound or incision to help control bleeding, or the pressure inside the skull or spinal canal. High or low pressure in different body systems can indicate various medical conditions and require appropriate treatment.

Central venous pressure (CVP) is the blood pressure measured in the large veins that enter the right atrium of the heart. It reflects the amount of blood returning to the heart and the ability of the heart to pump it effectively. CVP is used as an indicator of a person's intravascular volume status, cardiac function, and overall hemodynamic performance. The measurement is taken using a central venous catheter placed in a large vein such as the internal jugular or subclavian vein. Normal CVP values range from 0 to 8 mmHg (millimeters of mercury) in adults when measured at the level of the right atrium.

Hydrostatic pressure is the pressure exerted by a fluid at equilibrium at a given point within the fluid, due to the force of gravity. In medical terms, hydrostatic pressure is often discussed in relation to body fluids and tissues. For example, the hydrostatic pressure in the capillaries (tiny blood vessels) is the force that drives the fluid out of the blood vessels and into the surrounding tissues. This helps to maintain the balance of fluids in the body. Additionally, abnormal increases in hydrostatic pressure can contribute to the development of edema (swelling) in the tissues.

Ventricular pressure refers to the pressure within the ventricles, which are the lower chambers of the heart. In the left ventricle, the pressure measures the force that the blood exerts on the walls as it is pumped out to the rest of the body. In the right ventricle, the pressure measures the force of the blood being pumped into the pulmonary artery and ultimately to the lungs for oxygenation.

Normally, the left ventricular pressure ranges from 8-12 mmHg at rest when the heart is relaxed (diastolic pressure) and can increase up to 120-140 mmHg during contraction (systolic pressure). The right ventricular pressure is lower than the left, with a normal diastolic pressure of 0-6 mmHg and a systolic pressure ranging from 15-30 mmHg.

Abnormal ventricular pressures can indicate various heart conditions, such as heart failure, hypertension, or valvular heart disease. Regular monitoring of ventricular pressure is essential in managing these conditions and ensuring proper heart function.

Pulmonary edema is a medical condition characterized by the accumulation of fluid in the alveoli (air sacs) and interstitial spaces (the area surrounding the alveoli) within the lungs. This buildup of fluid can lead to impaired gas exchange, resulting in shortness of breath, coughing, and difficulty breathing, especially when lying down. Pulmonary edema is often a complication of heart failure, but it can also be caused by other conditions such as pneumonia, trauma, or exposure to certain toxins.

In the early stages of pulmonary edema, patients may experience mild symptoms such as shortness of breath during physical activity. However, as the condition progresses, symptoms can become more severe and include:

* Severe shortness of breath, even at rest
* Wheezing or coughing up pink, frothy sputum
* Rapid breathing and heart rate
* Anxiety or restlessness
* Bluish discoloration of the skin (cyanosis) due to lack of oxygen

Pulmonary edema can be diagnosed through a combination of physical examination, medical history, chest X-ray, and other diagnostic tests such as echocardiography or CT scan. Treatment typically involves addressing the underlying cause of the condition, as well as providing supportive care such as supplemental oxygen, diuretics to help remove excess fluid from the body, and medications to help reduce anxiety and improve breathing. In severe cases, mechanical ventilation may be necessary to support respiratory function.

Swan-Ganz catheterization is a medical procedure in which a Swan-Ganz catheter, also known as a pulmonary artery catheter, is inserted into a patient's vein and guided through the heart to the pulmonary artery. The procedure is named after its inventors, Dr. Jeremy Swan and Dr. William Ganz.

The Swan-Ganz catheter is a thin, flexible tube that is equipped with sensors that measure various cardiac functions, such as blood pressure in the heart chambers and lungs, oxygen saturation of the blood, and cardiac output. This information helps doctors evaluate heart function, diagnose heart conditions, and monitor treatment effectiveness.

Swan-Ganz catheterization is typically performed in a hospital setting by trained medical professionals, such as cardiologists or critical care specialists. The procedure may be used to diagnose and manage various heart conditions, including heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, and shock. It may also be used during major surgeries or other medical procedures to monitor the patient's hemodynamic status.

Like any medical procedure, Swan-Ganz catheterization carries some risks, such as infection, bleeding, and damage to blood vessels or heart structures. However, these complications are relatively rare when the procedure is performed by experienced medical professionals.

Pulmonary circulation refers to the process of blood flow through the lungs, where blood picks up oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. This is a vital part of the overall circulatory system, which delivers nutrients and oxygen to the body's cells while removing waste products like carbon dioxide.

In pulmonary circulation, deoxygenated blood from the systemic circulation returns to the right atrium of the heart via the superior and inferior vena cava. The blood then moves into the right ventricle through the tricuspid valve and gets pumped into the pulmonary artery when the right ventricle contracts.

The pulmonary artery divides into smaller vessels called arterioles, which further branch into a vast network of tiny capillaries in the lungs. Here, oxygen from the alveoli diffuses into the blood, binding to hemoglobin in red blood cells, while carbon dioxide leaves the blood and is exhaled through the nose or mouth.

The now oxygenated blood collects in venules, which merge to form pulmonary veins. These veins transport the oxygen-rich blood back to the left atrium of the heart, where it enters the systemic circulation once again. This continuous cycle enables the body's cells to receive the necessary oxygen and nutrients for proper functioning while disposing of waste products.

Heart rate is the number of heartbeats per unit of time, often expressed as beats per minute (bpm). It can vary significantly depending on factors such as age, physical fitness, emotions, and overall health status. A resting heart rate between 60-100 bpm is generally considered normal for adults, but athletes and individuals with high levels of physical fitness may have a resting heart rate below 60 bpm due to their enhanced cardiovascular efficiency. Monitoring heart rate can provide valuable insights into an individual's health status, exercise intensity, and response to various treatments or interventions.

Stroke volume is a term used in cardiovascular physiology and medicine. It refers to the amount of blood that is pumped out of the left ventricle of the heart during each contraction (systole). Specifically, it is the difference between the volume of blood in the left ventricle at the end of diastole (when the ventricle is filled with blood) and the volume at the end of systole (when the ventricle has contracted and ejected its contents into the aorta).

Stroke volume is an important measure of heart function, as it reflects the ability of the heart to pump blood effectively to the rest of the body. A low stroke volume may indicate that the heart is not pumping efficiently, while a high stroke volume may suggest that the heart is working too hard. Stroke volume can be affected by various factors, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and physical fitness level.

The formula for calculating stroke volume is:

Stroke Volume = End-Diastolic Volume - End-Systolic Volume

Where end-diastolic volume (EDV) is the volume of blood in the left ventricle at the end of diastole, and end-systolic volume (ESV) is the volume of blood in the left ventricle at the end of systole.

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B-lines could also be correlated with pulmonary wedge pressure [24, 36]. ... A-lines and B-lines: lung ultrasound as a bedside tool for predicting pulmonary artery occlusion pressure in the critically ill ... Cardiogenic pulmonary oedema results from increased intravascular hydrostatic pressure. As a consequence, the distribution of ... Lung ultrasound predicts well extravascular lung water but is of limited usefulness in the prediction of wedge pressure. ...
Right atrial pressure decreased 34% from baseline (p,0.001) * Pulmonary capillary wedge pressure decreased 27% from baseline (p ... preCARDIA is designed to reduce filling pressure as blood enters the heart and lungs, which may enable the heart and kidneys to ... and suggests for the first time that with the preCARDIA system it is possible to rapidly reduce cardiac filling pressures and ...
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Postcapillary PH was defined as mean resting pulmonary artery pressure , 25 mm Hg in the presence of pulmonary capillary wedge ... Precapillary PH was defined as a mean resting PAP , 25 mm Hg in the presence of a pulmonary capillary wedge pressure ≤ 15 mm Hg ... Precapillary PH was defined as a mean PAP , 25 mm Hg at rest, with pulmonary capillary wedge pressure ≤ 15 mm Hg. Prevalence ... Prevalence of elevated pulmonary arterial pressures measured by echocardiography in a multicenter study of patients with ...
Pulmonary capillary wedge pressure increased significantly from 6.4 mmHg to 11.8 mmHg in the 11 patients who completed the ... Mean arterial pressure, mean pulmonary artery pressure and stroke work index did not significantly change. Exercise and ... Additionally, concomitant use of these drugs may have additive effects on blood pressure, possibly leading to hypotension. ... In hypertensive patients, sotalol produces significant reductions in both systolic and diastolic blood pressures. Although ...
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  • The pulmonary wedge pressure (PWP) (also called pulmonary arterial wedge pressure (PAWP), pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP), pulmonary artery occlusion pressure (PAOP), or cross-sectional pressure) is the pressure measured by wedging a pulmonary artery catheter with an inflated balloon into a small pulmonary arterial branch. (
  • citation needed] Physiologically, distinctions can be drawn among pulmonary artery pressure, pulmonary capillary wedge pressure, pulmonary venous pressure and left atrial pressure, but not all of these can be measured in a clinical context. (
  • It has also been used to diagnose severity of left ventricular failure and mitral stenosis, given that elevated pulmonary capillary wedge pressure strongly suggests failure of left ventricular output. (
  • Brinkley DM, Ho KKL, Drazner MH, Kociol RD. The prognostic value of the relationship between right atrial and pulmonary capillary wedge pressure in diverse cardiovascular conditions. (
  • Pulmonary edemas that are above certain levels are a life-threatening condition, and through periodic capillary wedge pressure measurements, a doctor can efficaciously tailor use of diuretics. (
  • In this population, the use of NATRECOR reduced pulmonary capillary wedge pressure and improved symptomatic dyspnea when measured at 3 hours of infusion. (
  • In this population, the use of NATRECOR reduced pulmonary capillary wedge pressure and improved short term (3 hours) symptoms of dyspnea. (
  • Background :The aim of this study was to validate whether pulmonary capillary wedge pressure estimated using transoesophageal echocardiography in anaesthetised patients receiving mechanical ventilation can be comparable to gold standard method of estimating PCWP by using pulmonary artery catheter. (
  • In patients with pre-existing left ventricular dysfunction, GENOSYL may increase pulmonary capillary wedge pressure leading to pulmonary edema. (
  • The approval was based on the results of studies showing that nesiritide reduced pulmonary capillary wedge pressure and improved dyspnea in this population. (
  • Heart rate, arterial pressure, central venous pressure, mean pulmonary arterial pressure, pulmonary capillary wedge pressure, body temperature, cardiac output, and PCV were measured immediately prior to and at selected times after romifidine administration. (
  • Results -Romifidine induced a decrease in heart rate, pulmonary arterial pressure, rate-pressure product, cardiac index, and right ventricular stroke work index and an increase in central venous pressure, pulmonary capillary wedge pressure, and systemic vascular resistance index. (
  • The pulmonary artery wedge pressure or PWP is also referred to as the pulmonary capillary wedge pressure or PCWP. (
  • Dilatation of the veins promotes peripheral pooling of blood and decreases venous return to the heart, thereby reducing left ventricular end-diastolic pressure and pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (preload). (
  • It may also be used for diagnoses of severe burns, multi-organ system failures, and idiopathic pulmonary hypertension . (
  • Pulmonary hypertension (PH) affects about 1% of the global population and 10% of persons older than 65 years. (
  • To measure the prevalence of different types of pulmonary hypertension (PH) and to identify patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) at highest risk in a multicenter European sample, with a metaanalysis of relevant studies. (
  • Precapillary PH was found in 64 patients (5%), of whom 42 had pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and 22 had PH secondary to interstitial lung disease (ILD). (
  • Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a fatal disorder characterized by an increase in pulmonary vascular resistance, which leads to right ventricular failure. (
  • The Dana Point classification distinguishes pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) from PH secondary to other morbid entities 1 . (
  • March 24, 2020, - VERO Biotech LLC, an Atlanta, Georgia-based biotechnology company focused on saving lives, alleviating suffering, and improving the health economics of care, today announced that the first patient with COVID-19 infection complicating pulmonary hypertension has been treated with its proprietary inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) delivery system, GENOSYL Ò DS at home. (
  • Treating patients at home with a tankless system to deliver iNO represents a new paradigm in the management of pulmonary hypertension," said Michael Gentile, RRT and Vice President of Medical Affairs, Vero Biotech. (
  • 34 weeks gestation) neonates with hypoxic respiratory failure associated with clinical or echocardiographic evidence of pulmonary hypertension in conjunction with ventilatory support and other appropriate agents. (
  • In the airways, nitric oxide targets the vascular smooth muscle cells that surround the small resistance arteries in the lungs and is used in adult respiratory distress syndrome and persistent pulmonary hypertension of the neonate. (
  • Vasotec (enalapril maleate) is an ACE ( angiotensin converting enzyme ) inhibitor used to treat high blood pressure ( hypertension ), congestive heart failure , kidney problems caused by diabetes , and to improve survival after a heart attack . (
  • Abstract Background: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a significant preoperative risk factor. (
  • Methods: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of adults with pulmonary hypertension having surgery at a single large medical referral center. (
  • Patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH) are at increased risk for perioperative morbidity and mortality [1-3], and PH is an independent risk factor for complications after noncardiac surgery [4]. (
  • Patients with PH, 18 years and older, were identified from the Mayo Clinic Pulmonary Hypertension database with rationale that patients in registry have complete and detailed assessments of their PH. (
  • Because of fundamental differences in pathophysiologic changes, including in right ventricular afterload in postcapillary PH, patients with established group 2 PH (pulmonary venous hypertension) were not included [12]. (
  • Conversely, a high mean PAP in obstructed subjects in the absence of arterial oxygen desaturation suggests that pulmonary hypertension is related to anatomic restriction of the pulmonary vascular bed rather than to alveolar hypoventilation or to a mismatching of blood flow and ventilation. (
  • In 1994, a consensus definition was recommended for ARDS: acute onset of respiratory failure, bilateral infiltrates on chest radiograph, pulmonary artery wedge pressure less than or equal to 18 mm Hg, or the absence of clinical evidence of left atrial hypertension, PaO 2 /FIO 2 less than or equal to 300 (acute lung injury) or PaO 2 /FIO 2 less than or equal to 200 (ARDS). (
  • TITUSVILLE, N.J. - October 14, 2021 - The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson announced today 11* abstracts highlighting data from its pulmonary hypertension (PH) portfolio will be presented at CHEST 2021, the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians, held virtually October 17-20. (
  • Data presentations from eight abstracts will provide additional evidence supporting the role of objective multiparameter risk assessment approaches in helping to optimize treatment and care for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), as well as the impact of earlier and comprehensive therapy with UPTRAVI ® (selexipag) and OPSUMIT ® (macitentan). (
  • Our collection of data at CHEST 2021 represents the largest single-congress body of PAH scientific data by Janssen in recent history and underscores our efforts to facilitate earlier, accurate diagnosis and support timely introduction of appropriate PAH therapies," said Sean Studer**, M.D., Vice President, Medical Affairs, Janssen U.S., Pulmonary Hypertension. (
  • Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a dreaded complication of systemic sclerosis (SSc) that occurs in ∼10% of patients. (
  • Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a devastating condition that causes significant disability and often results in premature death. (
  • McGee WT, Mailloux P, Jodka P, Thomas J. The pulmonary artery catheter in critical care. (
  • The pulmonary wedge pressure is measured with the help of the pulmonary artery catheter. (
  • Pulmonary wedge pressure (PWP) is both a diagnostic and therapeutic medical tool for taking measurements, using a wedged balloon in a pulmonary catheter and inflated within a pulmonary artery . (
  • Pressures are measured by inserting the balloon-tipped catheter into peripheral veins and through these veins entering into the right atrium of the heart and from there into pulmonary arteries. (
  • The risks and possible complications from using a pulmonary catheter show that the most common and a serious complication is a pulmonary artery rupture. (
  • A common complication upon insertion of the pulmonary catheter is heart arrhythmias. (
  • Methods : A cross sectional validity study conducted in a tertiary care cardiac centre in south India over a period of 6 months from February 2016 - August 2016 among 100 patients undergoing cardiac surgery where intraoperative TEE and pulmonary artery catheter used. (
  • Swan-Ganz catheterization (also called right heart catheterization or pulmonary artery catheterization) is the passing of a thin tube (catheter) into the right side of the heart and the arteries leading to the lungs. (
  • You may also feel some pressure at the site when the catheter is inserted. (
  • During angiography, a catheter is placed selectively via either the transjugular or transfemoral route into the hepatic vein to measure portal pressure. (
  • It estimates the left atrial pressure. (
  • Because of the large compliance of pulmonary circulation, it provides an indirect measure of the left atrial pressure. (
  • Measurements of systolic and diastolic pressures there give right atrial pressure readings and as the balloon deflates once more, left atrial pressures are estimated. (
  • Traditionally, it was believed that pulmonary edema with normal PWP suggested a diagnosis of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) or non cardiogenic pulmonary edema (as in opiate poisoning). (
  • However, since capillary hydrostatic pressure exceeds wedge pressure once the balloon is deflated (to promote a gradient for forward flow), a normal wedge pressure cannot conclusively differentiate between hydrostatic pulmonary edema and ARDS. (
  • The acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a disorder of diffuse lung injury secondary to a wide variety of clinical insults (eg, sepsis) and is manifested by impaired oxygenation, pulmonary edema, and decreased static and dynamic compliance. (
  • Causes of ARDS due to direct lung injury include pneumonia, aspiration of gastric contents, pulmonary contusion, fat emboli, near-drowning, inhalational injury, and reperfusion pulmonary edema after lung transplantation or pulmonary embolectomy. (
  • Fluid overload implies peripheral edema but also could result in pulmonary edema and venous congestion, which can alter tissue perfusion. (
  • The left ventricle (LV) must generate a relatively high-pressure gradient to overcome the high systemic vascular resistance (SVR), whereas the RV needs to generate a lower pressure gradient to overcome the lower pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR). (
  • Values of systemic vascular resistance index (SVRI), heart rate (HR), pulmonary artery wedge pressure (PAWP) and cardiac index (CI) at hours 3, 6, 9 and 12 of the experiment were compared. (
  • Arteriolar relaxation reduces systemic vascular resistance, systolic arterial pressure, and mean arterial pressure (afterload). (
  • 4 At term, cardiac output has increased by 43%, with a 17% increase in pulse rate, 21% decrease in systemic vascular resistance and a 14% decrease in colloid oncotic pressure and a return of blood pressure to prepregnancy level 3 , 5 ( Table 1-1 ). (
  • Some of the diagnostic uses of pulmonary wedge pressure catheterization are for shock states, valvular disease, pulmonary embolisms , and cardiac tamponade, which is a collection of blood in the pericardium causing compression. (
  • Consecutive patients with SSc recruited at 11 French and Italian centers underwent detailed evaluations, including Doppler echocardiography, chest computed tomography, pulmonary function tests, and right-heart catheterization (RHC), to detect the presence and causes of PH. (
  • Usefulness of the pulmonary arterial systolic pressure to predict pulmonary arterial wedge pressure in patients with normal left ventricular systolic function. (
  • Causes of primary diastolic dysfunction include an anatomic obstruction that prevents ventricular filling (eg, pulmonary venous obstruction), a primary reduction in ventricular compliance (eg, cardiomyopathy, transplant rejection), external constraints (eg, pericardial effusion), and poor hemodynamics after the Fontan procedure (eg, elevated pulmonary vascular resistance). (
  • Pulmonary Circulation: Diseases and their treatment. (
  • The systemic or pulmonary circulation may depend on the patency of the ductus arteriosus, especially in patients presenting in the first few days of life. (
  • Obstructive proliferative vasculopathy of the small and medium-size pulmonary arterial circulation and chronic hypoxemia due to advanced lung disease are major causes of precapillary PH in SSc 7 , 8 . (
  • Inflammatory mediators (cytokines, chemokines) may translocate into the pulmonary circulation secondary to increased alveolar-capillary permeability, resulting in systemic inflammation. (
  • Pathologically, PAH is characterised by proliferative remodelling of the small pulmonary arteries, which increases resistance to blood flow through the pulmonary circulation [ 1 ]. (
  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (or cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis) (IPF or CFA) is one of several idiopathic interstitial pneumonias. (
  • The purpose of this consensus statement is to provide assistance to clinicians in the diagnosis and management of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). (
  • The cardiac output is unchanged as the result of a significant drop in brachial systolic and diastolic blood pressure as well as central systolic pressure along with a drop in peripheral vascular resistance 2 and renal vascular resistance. (
  • The tool can measure distinctive differences between artery and venous pressures, which can possibly be due to arterial venous malformations (AVMs). (
  • Congestive heart failure occurs when the heart can no longer meet the metabolic demands of the body at normal physiologic venous pressures. (
  • Pulmonary hemodynamics in symptomatic coal miners. (
  • Pulmonary hemodynamics were studied in 47 coal miners with pneumoconiosis. (
  • In steady state, the cardiac output through the two systems is equal, and Ohm's law suggests that the pressure gradient required to pump through each system is inversely dependent on its resistance. (
  • Pulmonary arterial pressure (PAP), pulmonary wedge pressure, arterial oxygen tension, alveolar arterial oxygen gradient (AaPO2), and pulmonary functions were determined for each subject at rest and after 5 minutes of exercise. (
  • The assessment of aortic valve stenosis (AS) severity based on Doppler velocity and pressure gradient is flow dependent. (
  • Both velocity and pressure gradient increase with elevated transaortic flows and decrease with reduction in flow rates for a given aortic valve orifice area. (
  • Pulmonary wedge pressure measures lung water changes, which can signal pulmonary venoconstrictions in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and hypoxemia. (
  • The clinical disorders commonly associated with ARDS can be divided into those associated with direct injury to the lung (pulmonary ARDS) and those that cause indirect lung injury in the setting of a systemic process (extrapulmonary ARDS). (
  • When traditional tidal volumes of 10 to 15 mL/kg are used in patients with ALI/ARDS receiving mechanical ventilation, the resulting alveolar pressures are frequently elevated, reflecting over-distention particularly of the less-affected lung regions. (
  • Metaproterenol tended to increase PaO2/PAO2, but had no effect on pulmonary shunt or dead space ventilation. (
  • In a pathologic state, PH of all forms leads to an increase in resistance to flow across the pulmonary vascular bed. (
  • Abrupt discontinuation of GENOSYL (nitric oxide) gas, for inhalation may lead to worsening oxygenation and increasing pulmonary artery pressure. (
  • Pleuritic chest pain - sharp chest pain exacerbated by breathing or coughing - is a common presenting symptom in the emergency department (ED) and requires a careful differential diagnosis between benign conditions such as musculoskeletal pain, and more serious diseases like pulmonary embolism (PE), pneumothorax, pneumonia with pleuritis and cancer. (
  • Vascular pedicle width in acute lung injury: correlation with intravascular pressures and ability to discriminate fluid status. (
  • Many acute and chronic lung disorders with variable degrees of pulmonary inflammation and fibrosis are collectively referred to as interstitial lung diseases (ILDs) or diffuse parenchymal lung diseases. (
  • Other options for screening include the DETECT algorithm or the use of a combination of pulmonary function testing (forced vital capacity/diffusing capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide ratio) and N-terminal-pro-brain natriuretic peptide levels. (
  • Pulmonary venoocclusive disease is also a recognized cause of PH, which is thought to be more common in connective tissue diseases 9 . (
  • Panel members are experts in adult pulmonary diseases. (
  • Avoiding high inspiratory pressures also avoids opening collapsed alveoli which may prevent atelectrauma but promote hypoxemia. (
  • Diastolic dysfunction results from decreased ventricular compliance, necessitating an increase in venous pressure to maintain adequate ventricular filling. (
  • Echo evidence of diastolic dysfunction/elevated filling pressures manifest by medial E/e' ratio ≥ 15 and/or left atrial enlargement and chronic treatment with a diuretic for signs or symptoms of heart failure. (
  • In cases of septic shock , which is the most common form of intensive care unit ( ICU ) deaths in the United States, a PWP reading can detect the low filling pressures that inform of profound peripheral vasodilations that rob organs of blood. (
  • Monitor blood pressure closely during NATRECOR administration. (
  • If hypotension occurs during the administration of NATRECOR, reduce the dose of or discontinue NATRECOR and initiate other measures to support blood pressure (IV fluids, changes in body position). (
  • preCARDIA is designed to reduce filling pressure as blood enters the heart and lungs, which may enable the heart and kidneys to work more effectively, potentially providing therapy for patients non-responsive to diuretics, estimated to be approximately 300,000 of the one million U.S. ADHF admissions per year. (
  • It is done to monitor the heart's function and blood flow and pressures in and around the heart. (
  • The blood pressure lowering effects of VASOTEC and thiazides are approximately additive. (
  • The quantitative relationship between plasma verapamil concentrations and blood pressure reduction has not been fully characterized. (
  • The main function of the pulmonary artery is to carry blood from the heart to the lungs. (
  • non-invasive blood pressure. (
  • they include review of recent blood pressure readings, surgical procedures, and drug and x-ray contrast administration. (
  • However, this phenomenon is also observed in patients with normal pressures for the Fontan circuit. (
  • 30 mmHg was abandoned because healthy individuals can exceed this threshold at high cardiac output (CO). We hypothesised that incorporating assessment of the pressure-flow relationship using the mPAP/CO ratio, i.e. total pulmonary resistance (TPR), might enhance the accuracy of diagnosing an abnormal exercise haemodynamic response. (
  • 3 Wood units and normal left heart pressures (pulmonary artery wedge and/or left ventricular end-diastolic pressure ≤15 mmHg) [ 2 ]. (
  • Cardiac index, stroke index, rate-pressure product, systemic and pulmonary vascular resistance indices, and left and right ventricular stroke work indices were calculated. (
  • Alveolar over-distention is commonly assessed by measurement of the end-inspiratory plateau pressure (Pplat). (
  • However, it should be appreciated that alveolar distention is determined by the transpulmonary pressure, which is determined by both the pressure inside the alveolus (Pplat) and pressure outside the alveolus (pleural pressure). (
  • This injury is ameliorated by use of positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) sufficient to avoid alveolar de-recruitment. (
  • Pulmonary Artery Pulsatility Index Is Associated With Right Ventricular Failure After Left Ventricular Assist Device Surgery. (
  • Symptomatic patients, those with an elevated tricuspid regurgitation velocity on echocardiogram with or without secondary echocardiographic features of PAH, and those who screen positive on the DETECT or other pulmonary function test algorithms should undergo right heart catheterisation. (
  • The study met the safety and feasibility endpoints and suggests for the first time that with the preCARDIA system it is possible to rapidly reduce cardiac filling pressures and augment urine output by intermittently occluding the superior vena cava in patients with ADHF," said Navin Kapur, MD, the study's lead author and executive director of the CardioVascular Center for Research and Innovation at Tufts Medical Center. (
  • Upon inflation, the balloon can measure left ventricular end diastolic pressure. (
  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors to effect afterload reduction are generally prescribed to augment left ventricular output with consequent improvement of forward pulmonary flow. (
  • Also search for residual systemic to pulmonary or systemic venous collaterals that might result in additional left ventricular volume load or residual right-to-left shunting, respectively. (
  • Verapamil HCl regularly reduces arterial pressure at rest and at a given level of exercise by dilating peripheral arterioles and reducing the total peripheral resistance (afterload) against which the heart works. (
  • In dogs given romifidine at a dose of 25, 50, or 100 µg/kg, an initial increase followed by a prolonged decrease in arterial pressure was observed. (