Management with intravenous fluids can improve cardiac output in some surgical patients. Management with static preload indicators, such as central venous pressure and pulmonary artery occlusion pressure, has not demonstrated a suitable relationship with changes in the cardiac output induced by intravenous fluid therapy. Dynamic indicators, such as the variability of arterial pulse pressure or stroke volume variation, have demonstrated a suitable relationship. Since improvement in cardiac output does not guarantee an adequate perfusion pressure, in patients with hypotension, it is also necessary to know whether arterial pressure will also increase with intravenous fluid therapy. In this regard, the functional assessment of arterial load by dynamic arterial elastance could help to determine which patients will improve not only their cardiac output but also their mean arterial pressure.