Determination of Afterload: A Challenge for Echocardiography?

  • J. Heerman
  • C. Roosens
  • J. Poelaert
Conference paper
Part of the Yearbook of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine 2001 book series (YEARBOOK, volume 2001)


Hemodynamic monitoring is often confined to pressure measurements and determination of cardiac output. Although the merits of these measures cannot be denied, currently available hemodynamic monitoring permits an approach that allows measurement of the different features of the Frank-Starling mechanism: contractility, preload and afterload.


Mean Arterial Pressure Input Impedance Arterial Elastance Arterial Load Total Arterial Compliance 
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  • C. Roosens
  • J. Poelaert

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