Assessing Ventricular Function

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


In the intact organism the Ventricular Function Curve is usually presented as the relation between Stroke Volume (or Cardiac Output or stroke work)) and ventricular filling. If we make a graph between filling volume and Cardiac Output, we can derive the Ventricular Function Curve from the pressure-volume relation as follows. If the aortic pressure and thus ventricular pressure in systole is kept constant (Starling experiment), Cardiac Output is proportional to end-diastolic volume (Chap. 13).


Cardiac Output Stroke Work Arterial Load Global Ventricular Function Preload Recruitable Stroke Work 
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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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