A 49-year-old man was diagnosed with acute cardiac insufficiency based on evidence of congestive heart failure. The non-invasive measurement of the cardiac output using an AESCULON® mini showed low cardiac output (CO, 3.9 L/min). We administered an intravenous diuretic for cardiac edema and dobutamine drip for low cardiac output. Soon after starting dobutamine at 3.2 γ (microg/kg/min), the CO improved to 6.8 L/min. Combination therapy of diuretic and dobutamine resolved the heart failure. CO measurement by an AESCULON® mini was safe, cost-effective, and convenient. Data output correlates with the CO by Swan-Ganz catheterization. The non-invasive measurement of the CO permitted a smooth recovery without recurrence in this patient.
Keywords: cardiovascular medicine; clinical diagnostic tests; heart failure; non-invasive measurement.