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cardiac output

blood volume in liters pumped by the left ventricle of the heart per minute. Unabridged
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  • cardiac output is a major limiting factor for prolonged exercise.
  • Over time, patients may lose muscle weight due to low cardiac output and a significant reduction in physical activity.
  • As cardiac output falls, the kidneys try to make up for the reduced blood flow by retaining fluid, thus boosting blood pressure.
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cardiac output  
The volume of blood pumped per minute by each ventricle of the heart. Cardiac output is equal to the stroke volume (the amount of blood pumped from a ventricle in a single heartbeat) times the heart rate. It is used as a measure of the overall health of the heart.
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