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Do you get decreased or increased cardiac output in preeclampsia?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 27 years experience
Decreased.: Preeclampsia is a disorder with decreased intravascular volume (vasoconstriciton and leaky capillaries lead to third-spacing), therefore the cardiac output is accordingly decreased. In rare cases (especially with multifetal pregnancies, large mother/fetus) preeclampsia can cause peripartum cardiomyopathy which can further profoundly decrease the cardiac output.
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