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Monitoring cardiovascular function: blood pressure
Contributor(s): Gayle Hallowell, Vetstream Ltd
, Alex Dugdale
- Measurement of arterial blood pressure can be performed in bovine anesthesia in conjunction with other monitoring.
- Arterial blood pressure should be maintained above 60-70 mmHg to reduce the risk of developing peri- and post-operative morbidities and mortalities.
- Arterial blood pressure does not equate to cardiac output, but can give a good indication of cardiovascular performance.
- Arterial blood pressure = cardiac output x systemic vascular resistance.
- In general, increased blood pressure is associated with increased cardiac output, increased peripheral resistance or a lighter plane of anesthesia. Under anesthesia an increase in mean arterial pressure may precede movement.
- In most cases, decreased mean arterial pressure is associated with decreased cardiac output as a result of myocardial depression, eg due to anesthesia being too deep, systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) or severe acidosis (pH<7.1).
- All inhalational anesthetic agents cause a dose dependent hypotension.
- Hypotension may also be associated with bradycardia, Dysrhythmias Dysrhythmias or reduced venous return (due to positioning, hypovolaemia or severe abdominal distension).
- Some premedicant drugs can cause Hypotension Hypotension, eg alpha-2 agonists.
- Depends on which drug, the chosen dose and the route of administration.
- IV administration can cause initial hypertension; but usually in cattle, the main eventual effects are hypotension and bradycardia.
- Measurement of arterial blood pressure can be done either directly or indirectly.
Arterial blood pressure measurement
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