A-line and CVP

Discussion in 'Medical Terminology' started by margodi, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. margodi Member

    Hello everybody.
    I want to know if anybody can help me find out what A-line and CVP mean.
    I think they are related to interpretation of waveforms and values of an electrocardiogram, although I am not completety sure.... But I am sure they are related to cardiology.

    Can anybody help me?

    Thank you very much!!
  2. EricEnfermero

    EricEnfermero Senior Member

    La UCI Neonatal
    US - English
    They aren't directly related to the EKG, but they are other forms of monitoring in intensive care unit settings. A-line is an informal way of referring to an arterial line. An arterial line will give a continuous blood pressure reading and will allow for frequent lab draws without "poking" the patient each time.

    CVP stands for central venous pressure, another pressure reading that comes from a central line (this time from a line in a vein, not in an artery). A low CVP may indicate that the patient has a low fluid volume inside their vessels. This may tell the provider that the patient needs IV fluid volume (like normal saline) instead of cardiovascular medications.
  3. margodi Member

    Thank yor very much!!!!

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