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what is the relation of hypertension and decreased cardiac output?

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Dr. Robert Vogt Lowell
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
Depends: In theory, the harder it is for blood to leave the heart (as when BP is very elevated) the less of it will be pumped out per beat or per minute (decreased output). For this scenario to occur though the BP will need to be significantly elevated. In most cases a mild or even moderate elevation in BP will not have a tangible effect on cardiac output.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014

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