NONINVASIVE CARDIAC OUTPUT MEASUREMENT BY TRANSTHORACIC ELECTRICAL BIOIMPEDENCE: INFLUENCE OF AGE AND GENDER

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Abstract

Background

Thoracic electrical bioimpedance (TEB) as a method of measuring cardiac output (CO) is being explored increasingly over the last two decades, as a non-invasive alternative to the pulmonary artery catheter. The objective of this study was to establish normative data for measurement of CO by TEB and define the effect of age and gender on CO.

Method

Stroke volume (SV) of 397 normal individuals (203 men, 194 women) in the age range of 10-77 years was determined using Kubisek and Bernstein formulae by TEB method. Derived cardiac parameters including CO, cardiac index (CI), systemic vascular resistance and resistance index were calculated and analyzed.

Results

We found significant difference in CO among age groups and between gender. CO between Kubicek formula and Bernstein formula correlated well, but their means differed significantly. Cardiac indices peak in the third and seventh decade and were comparable between genders.

Conclusion

A comprehensive data set of normalized values expressed as 95% confidence interval and mean ± SD in different age groups and different gender was possible for cardiac parameters using TEB.

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