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Definition: 'Cardiac Reserve'

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cardiac reserve

Type: Term

Definitions:
1. the work that the heart is able to perform beyond that required under the ordinary circumstances of daily life, depending upon the state of the myocardium and the degree to which, within physiologic limits, the cardiac muscle fibers can be stretched by the volume of blood reaching the heart during diastole.



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