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Cardiac Output Units, Thermal Dilution

Definition : Cardiac output units that measure blood flow from the heart using the indicator dilution technique in which an indicator (e.g., cold water) is injected upstream of the heart and monitored on the downstream side. These devices include a balloon-tipped (flow directed) catheter with a temperature probe (e.g., a thermistor) that is placed in the right side of the heart to measure the output flow temperature and an electronic unit that processes the signal from the thermistor and displays a thermal dilution curve from which cardiac output and other hemodynamic parameters such as stroke volume can be derived.

UMDC code : 10615

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Edwards Lifesciences Corp

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Edwards Lifesciences is the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring. Driven by a passion to help patients, the company partners with clinicians to develop innovative technologies in the areas of structural heart disease and critical care monitoring that enable them to save and enhance lives.

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