Pulse pressure variation predicts fluid responsiveness following coronary artery bypass surgery

Chest. 2004 Nov;126(5):1563-8. doi: 10.1378/chest.126.5.1563.


Study objective: To determine whether the degree of pulse pressure variation (PPV) and systolic pressure variation (SPV) predict an increase in cardiac output (CO) in response to volume challenge in postoperative patients who have undergone coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), and to determine whether PPV is superior to SPV in this setting.

Design and setting: This was a prospective clinical study conducted in the cardiovascular ICU of a university hospital.

Patients: Twenty-one patients were studied immediately after arrival in the ICU following CABG.

Intervention: A fluid bolus was administered to all patients.

Measurements: Hemodynamic measurements, including central venous pressure (CVP), pulmonary artery occlusion pressure (PAOP), CO (thermodilution), percentage of SPV (%SPV), and percentage of PPV (%PPV), were performed shortly after patient arrival in the ICU. Patients were given a rapid 500-mL fluid challenge, after which hemodynamic measurements were repeated. Patients whose CO increased by >/= 12% were considered to be fluid responders. The ability of different parameters to distinguish between responders and nonresponders was compared.

Results: In response to the volume challenge, 6 patients were responders and 15 were nonresponders. Baseline CVP and PAOP were no different between these two groups. In contrast, the %SPV and the %PPV were significantly higher in responders than in nonresponders. Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis suggested that the %PPV was the best predictor of fluid responsiveness. The ideal %PPV threshold for distinguishing responders from nonresponders was found to be 11. A PPV value of >/= 11% predicted an increase in CO with 100% sensitivity and 93% specificity.

Conclusion: PPV and SPV can be used to predict whether or not volume expansion will increase CO in postoperative CABG patients. PPV was superior to SPV at predicting fluid responsiveness. Both of these measures were far superior to CVP and PAOP.

MeSH terms

  • Blood Pressure*
  • Blood Volume*
  • Coronary Artery Bypass*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Plasma Substitutes / administration & dosage*
  • Postoperative Care
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Prospective Studies


  • Plasma Substitutes