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How do potassium levels affect cardiac output?

How do potassium levels affect cardiac output?

Not directly: Cardiac output is the amount of blood flow generated by the heart over a given time frame. Potassium is a critical electrolyte for body health and cardiac function, especially its rhythm. Although high or low potassium levels can create major, potentially fatal, irregularities in the heart rhythm, those levels do not directly affect the cardiac output per se.

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How do blood levels affect cardiac output?

How do blood levels affect cardiac output?

Levels = volumes?: Blood levels meaning blood volumes? Cardiac output is the volume of blood being pumped by the heart per minute. It is calculated by stroke volume x heart rate. Stroke volumeĀ is the volume of blood pumped from one ventricle of the heart with each beat.

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What are normal cardiac output levels?

What are normal cardiac output levels?

5 liters/min: A typical cardiac output is approximately 5 l per minute. This can vary with the size of the patient with a larger patient having larger cardiac output. When the cardiac output is normalized for the size of the patient, this is called the cardiac index. A typical cardiac index would be 2.5. A number of medical conditions, such as fever or anemia, can increase the cardiac output.

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My potassium, serum level was marked as low at (3.5.) I have a cardiac arrhythmia. Can this level potassium worsen it?

My potassium, serum level was marked as low at (3.5.) I have a cardiac arrhythmia. Can this level potassium worsen it?

"Normal lab values": A value of 3.5 is "low normal". If there is a concern for cardiac rhythm disturbances a value of 4.0 is preferred. Below 3.5 increases risk of arrhythmia.

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If someone goes into cardiac arrest from extremely low potassium blood level. Would the defibrillator work? Or do they need the potassium

If someone goes into cardiac arrest from extremely low potassium blood level. Would the defibrillator work? Or do they need the potassium

Cardiac arrest?: Defibrillator r used in case of emergency to treat a cardiac arrest but it is important to check the reasons for the arrest and correct any lab abnormality.

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Why doesn't tachycardia always affect cardiac output?

Why doesn't tachycardia always affect cardiac output?

Cardiac output: Is stroke volume times heart rate. if stroke volume goes down more than heart rate goes up, cardiac output won't increase. Stroke volume depends on preload (filling of the heart), afterload (resistance to flow), and contractility (how much the heart pumps for how much it is filled. For instance, if the heart rate goes up but the the heart doesn't have time to fill, output won't increase.

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Can you define cardiac output?

Can you define cardiac output?

Cardiac output: Stroke volume times heart rate equals cardiac output. Stroke volume relates to myocardial contractility, vascular resistance, vascular volume, anemia and metabolic state. There are subcomponents to all of these.

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When could cardiac output decrease?

When could cardiac output decrease?

Low blood pressure: Cardiac output is related to the heart rate, and volume of blood the heart can pump with each heart beat. A low cardiac output occurs when the pump function of the heart is compromised by an event such as a heart attack or when the blood volume is reduced by and event such as dehydration, or bleeding.

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How do you? Measure cardiac output?

How do you? Measure cardiac output?

Several: Can use 2d echo, mra of heart, and right heart cath. Cardiac output is the measure of how many liters per minute the blood is being circulated in the body.

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What exactly does cardiac output mean?

CO is the: Amount of oxygenated blood the heart pump from the left ventricle to the whole body in one minute. Stroke volume x heart rate.

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What factors can affect cardiac output?

What factors can affect cardiac output?

Cardiac output: In strict physiologic terms, cardiac output is determined by something called stroke volume and heart rate. Heart rate is self-explanatory. Stroke volume is the amount of blood that the heart pumps out with each beat. This in turn is dependent on blood pressure, total blood volume, and how strong the heart contracts.

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Describe the features of a cardiac output problem.?

Poor heart pumping: This is when the heart is unable to pump out enough blood. This can be caused by many things, including scarring of the heart after a heart attack, valve problems, infections, and other causes.

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What factors in the body affect the cardiac output?

What factors in the body affect the cardiac output?

Many factors: Congenital heart disease, vitamin b1 defiency, anemia, thyroid problem, renal disease, liver disease, brain disease, vascular disease, blood disease, atherosclerosis, valve disease - these are the biggest influencers of cardiac output.

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What are? Influences that can alter cardiac output?

What are? Influences that can alter cardiac output?

In general four: Cardiac output is influence by the amount of blood the heart recieves, the resistance against which the blood is ejected, the strength of contraction and the heart rate. For ex. CO increases with heart rate, increase in blood volume, increase in cardiac contraction and less resistance to ejection because of lower peripheral resistance. Clinical conditions that affects any 4 will alter cardiac output

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What happens when you have low or high cardiac output?

What happens when you have low or high cardiac output?

Fatigue: Low cardiac output will lead to fatigue and shortness of breath. High cardiac output failure caused by severe anemia or paget's disease have similar manifestation.

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Why would the cardiac output be the same for an athlete and a non-athlete?

Why would the cardiac output be the same for an athlete and a non-athlete?

CO=need: Your cardiac output will match your need. The difference between an athlete and a non-athlete is that the athlete can increase their co and reduce their need at peak exertion through conditioning and the rest of us can't. Think of a race car and an oldsmobile (both 8 cyl) traveling at 25 mph. They both use the same amount of gas but the former can go 200 mph, while the latter is sputtering at 100.

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I'm curious what could happen when cardiac output is low and what if it's high?

I'm curious what could happen when cardiac output is low and what if it's high?

Low cardiac output: Cardiac output depends on heart rate and stoke volume. Therefore, the cardiac output increases when heart rate goes up in normal heart. However, when the heart is failing the stroke volume is lower as well as the cardiac out which is called heart failure. Sometimes, heart failure could occur when cardiac output is high due to other medical problems such as a severe anemia, hyperthyroidism, etc

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How can I maintain cardiac output?

How can I maintain cardiac output?

Exercise: The only way is exercising so your heart can be more efficient. When you exercise your cardiac reserve and stroke volume increase.

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How do you calculate? Cardiac output?

Several: Can use 2d echo, mra of heart, and right heart cath. Cardiac output is the measure of how many liters per minute the blood is being circulated in the body.

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