meaning of Cardiac output

Cardiac output meaning in Medical Dictionary

The amount of blood the heart pumps through the circulatory system in a minute. The amount of blood put out by the left ventricle of the heart in one contraction is called the stroke volume. The stroke volume and the heart rate determine the cardiac output. A normal adult has a cardiac output of 4.7 liters (5 quarts) of blood per minute.

Cardiac output meaning in General Dictionary

the actual quantity of blood pumped out by the ventricles in a given duration