A noninvasive method of predicting pulmonary-capillary wedge pressure.

  title={A noninvasive method of predicting pulmonary-capillary wedge pressure.},
  author={Kevin M. McIntyre and Joseph A. Vita and Costas T. Lambrew and Joshua O. Freeman and Joseph Loscalzo},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  volume={327 24},
BACKGROUND The noninvasive prediction of pulmonary-capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) is important for the recognition and treatment of a variety of cardiovascular disorders. The response of the arterial pressure to the Valsalva maneuver has been shown to correlate with the PCWP. We therefore devised a noninvasive method to measure this pressure response at the bedside and correlated these measurements with the PCWP measured directly with a pulmonary-artery catheter. METHODS Simultaneous… CONTINUE READING

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