Cardiac Output

CO is an important determinant of BP. Factors which elevate CO may, in theory, contribute to the development of primary hypertension. Increases in CO and subsequently BP may arise from factors that increase preload (fluid volume) or myocardi-al contractility. Nonetheless, even if increased CO may be involved in the development of primary hypertension, these increases do not appear to persist over time. As a consequence, elevated CO is not considered a hemodynamic hallmark of established primary hypertension.

Blood Pressure Health

Blood Pressure Health

Your heart pumps blood throughout your body using a network of tubing called arteries and capillaries which return the blood back to your heart via your veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats.Learn more...

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