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What is an average cardiac output?

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Dr. Francis Uricchio answered

Specializes in Cardiology

5 L per minute: The average cardiac output is somewhere around 5 l per minute. Cardiac output varies with the size of the patient (larger patients have larger cardiac output). Cardiac output is increased in conditions such as fever, anemia, or pregnancy.

Answered 1/9/2012

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Dr. John Garner answered

Specializes in Cardiology

By Size: 2.6-4.2 l/min of blood per m^2 of body surface area. Most "normal" sized people are ~2m^2 bsa, but few people in this country count as normal :) figure something over 4 l/min to be safe. Cardiac shock occurs below ~2l/min.

Answered 11/23/2012

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