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A 42-year-old female asked:

What are the causes of high cardiac output (over 11) with normal bp (120s/70s) and what are the implications for health & pregnancy.

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Cardiac output (Q): When q increases in a healthy individual, most is due to an increase in heart rate. Change of posture, increased sympathetic nervous system activity, and decreased parasympathetic nervous system activity can also increase q. When q increases in a healthy but untrained individual, most of the increase is due to >heart rate. See your doctor re: health and pregnancy. This is individual assessment.
Dr. Rodney Del Valle
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Possibly nothing: If you are pregnant, the stroke volume will increase as a normal physiological change of pregnancy to get you ready for delivery of the baby. BP should stay normal. If BP increase during pregnancy you need to see your OB asap and be follow closely.

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