What is the role of increased afterload in the etiology of pulseless electrical activity (PEA)?

Updated: Mar 27, 2018
  • Author: Sandy N Shah, DO, MBA, FACC, FACP, FACOI; Chief Editor: Jose M Dizon, MD  more...
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Answer

Afterload is inversely related to cardiac output. Severe increases in afterload pressure cause a decrease in cardiac output. However, this mechanism is rarely solely responsible for PEA.


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