What is Cardiac Output?
- The amount of blood pumped by the heart during each contraction
or heart beat is known as the Stroke Volume
- The amount of blood pumped by the heart per minute is calculated
by multiplying the stroke volume by the number of heart beats per minute.
This is known as the Cardiac output
- Thus, if the heart rate was 70 per minute and the stroke volume
was 100 ml or c.c., a patient's cardiac output would be: 70 x
100 = 7000 ml or 7 liters per minute