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Table 1 Haemodynamic data availability and reliability with PAC and TEE

From: Which cardiac surgical patients can benefit from placement of a pulmonary artery catheter?

Parameter Feasibility Reliability Feasibility Reliability
SvO2 Yes +++ No  
CVP Yes +++ No  
PAP Yes +++ Possible if TR ++
LAP (wp) Yes ++ Possible if MR +
CO Yes +++ Yes +
SV Yes +++ Yes +
Systemic resistance Yes +++ Yes +
Pulmonary resistance Yes +++ Yes +
RVEDV Yes + Yes +
Right ventricular EF Yes + Yes +
LVEDV No   Yes ++
Left ventricular EF No   Yes ++
Left ventricular FAC No   Yes +++
Left ventricular SF No   Yes +++
Delta SV No   Yes +++
Delta peak pressure Yes (pulmonary) +++ No  
Peak velocity changes No   Yes +++
Valve function No   Yes +++
Fluid responsiveness Yes + Yes +++
Diastolic function No   Yes +++
  1. CO, cardiac output; CVP, central venous pressure; EF, ejection fraction; FAC, fractional area change; LAP, left atrial pressure; LVEDV, left ventricular end-diastolic volume; MR, mitral regurgitation; PAC, pulmonary artery catheter; PAP, pulmonary artery pressure; RVEDV, right ventricular end-diastolic volume; SF, shortening fraction; SV, stroke volume; SvO2, mixed venous oxygen saturation; TEE, transoesophageal echocardiography; TR, tricuspid regurgitation; wp, wedge pressure.