What is the role of a central venous line or pulmonary artery catheter in the workup of dilated cardiomyopathy?

Updated: Nov 28, 2018
  • Author: Vinh Q Nguyen, MD; Chief Editor: Gyanendra K Sharma, MD, FACC, FASE  more...
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A central venous line or pulmonary artery catheter provides a good measure of filling pressures, and the latter can be used to estimate cardiac output. However, neither has been shown to improve outcomes when used in acute decompensated heart failure.


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