The Pump Function Graph

  • Nicolaas Westerhof
  • Nikolaos Stergiopulos
  • Mark I. M. Noble


The heart is a pump that generates pressure and flow. It can be compared with other hydraulic pumps that are usually characterized by their head (pressure) – capacity (flow) curve. As an example consider a roller pump and make a pressure-flow relation by changing the load on the pump.


Cardiac Output Stroke Volume Ventricular Pressure Pressure Source Flow Wave 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicolaas Westerhof
    • 1
  • Nikolaos Stergiopulos
    • 2
  • Mark I. M. Noble
    • 3
  1. 1.Departments of Physiology and Pulmonology ICaR-VUVU University Medical CenterAmsterdamthe Netherlands
  2. 2.Laboratory of Hemodynamics and Cardiovascular TechnologySwiss Federal Institute of TechnologyLausanneSwitzerland
  3. 3.Cardiovascular MedicineAberdeen UniversityAberdeenScotland

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