Measurement Methods of Hemodynamics

Authors: Michael Ragosta III, MD and Lawrence W Gimple, MD
Credit/contact hours: .25
Estimated time to complete: 10 minutes
Publication Date: March 8, 2018
Expiration date: March 7, 2027



An understanding of cardiac hemodynamics is fundamental to caring for patients with a broad range of cardiac and non-cardiac conditions including shock, pericardial disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease, and infection. The cardiac catheterization laboratory is the traditional venue for measuring and defining a patient’s hemodynamics. In this course, we will describe the methods and pitfalls of hemodynamic assessment.

Note: This course is eligible for ACPE credit.

You Will Learn

  • To correctly identify the basic hemodynamic waves and the cardiac physiology which produce specific hemodynamics waves
  • To correctly identify the cardiac equipment needed to make specific hemodynamic measurements
  • To describe the indications for right-heart catheterization

Method and medium:

Learners participate in the interactive learning modules by correctly answering multiple choice questions dispersed throughout. Learners will be prompted to try again, if a question is answered incorrectly.The course will open in a new tab – to exit the course, simply close the tab.