What is the clinical presentation of hypovolemic shock in pulmonary artery catheterization (PAC)?

Updated: Dec 22, 2017
  • Author: Bojan Paunovic, MD; Chief Editor: Karlheinz Peter, MD, PhD  more...
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Hypovolemic shock is due to a reduction in circulating blood volume resulting from either hemorrhage or fluid depletion. Preload is markedly decreased, leading to inadequate ventricular filling. The patient with hypovolemic shock manifests hypotension and tachycardia. Systemic, venous, and intracardiac pressures are abnormally low. The overall PAC pressure tracing has a damped appearance.

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