The nurse is evaluating a patient with decreased cardiac output related to a myocardial infarction. Which of the following indicates improved cardiac output?

Absence of angina and dyspnea with activity

Explanation

• Decreased cardiac output can cause angina and dyspnea with activity. Improvement of cardiac output should resolve these symptoms

• Incorrect: A low heart rate or blood pressure may indicate poor cardiac output

• Incorrect: A cardiac output of 2.5 L per minute is not sufficient. Normal cardiac output is 4-8 L per minute

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