Accurate Measurement of Cardiac Output Using the Ultrasound Dilution Technique (BCM)
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Accurate cardiac output determination is a commonly used and important index of myocardial performance. The thermodilution method using a pulmonary artery catheter is the most common approach to cardiac output determination; however, placement of the pulmonary artery catheter is not without risk and at times can be problematic. Ultrasound dilution measurement has been shown to correlate with measured cardiac output in animal models and adults, but it has not been validated in pediatric patients. This study will validate the accuracy of ultrasound dilution measurements of cardiac output to thermodilution measurements of cardiac output in pediatric patients.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
up to 18 Years (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Any pediatric patient (aged < 18 years) who has undergone cardiac transplantation and is already scheduled for a biopsy will be offered the opportunity to participate.
Transplant patients undergoing hemodynamic evaluation in the catheterization laboratory that are less than 18 years of age and have structurally normal hearts.
Patient's age greater than 18 years, and any structural abnormality of the heart.