Pulmonary Artery Pressure (PAP)
Pulmonary Artery Pressure (PAP) measurements -- mean PAP, systolic PAP and diastolic PAP -- visually mark the waveform output, which is influenced by a number of factors that can lead to measurement errors. The Mikro-Cath Pressure Catheter delivers a more accurate and reproducible PAP waveform, independent of the factors that impact fluid-filled readings, simplifying both the recording and reading of PAP derived parameters.
Simplifying Pulmonary Artery Pressure
Pulmonary Artery Pressure (PAP) is one of the most commonly measured parameters during a cardiac catheterization case. Mean PAP, systolic PAP and diastolic PAP are often derived by visually marking the waveform output by a fluid-filled transducer. This waveform is influenced by a number of factors, including patient position, transducer level, air bubbles, open connections and catheter tubing length, all of which can introduce error into the measurement. The result is a potential for over-estimation or under-estimation of the systolic and diastolic values.
The Millar Mikro-Cath diagnostic pressure catheter can be introduced into the pulmonary artery via a 6F or larger multi-purpose catheter to deliver a more accurate and reproducible PAP waveform, independent of the factors which impact fluid-filled readings. The result is a simplification in both the recording and reading of PAP derived parameters.
The waveform diagram highlights the differences between the Mikro-Cath and fluid-filled pressure transducers. The recordings were made in the same patient several minutes apart and have been overlaid for comparison.
The Next Generation of Pressure Catheters
You asked, we listened. Our original Mikro-Cath™ now includes a marker band for added visibility during all of your cath lab procedures.
Millar's Mikro-Cath pressure catheter delivers true hemodynamic data for deeper insight into cardiovascular function, helping guide diagnostic decisions when precise measurements count. Mikro-Cath data from the source provides reliable signals, including accurate dP/dt for advanced clinical applications, such as exercise studies, drug therapy evaluation, and heart failure cases.
More About PAP
Download the Mikro-Cath PAP information sheet to learn more about Millar's market-leading solution for obtaining the most accurate and comprehensive pulmonary artery pressure measurements in the industry.
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