Stroke volume

In cardiovascular physiology, stroke volume (SV) is the volume of blood pumped from the left ventricle per beat. Stroke volume is calculated using measurements of ventricle volumes from an echocardiogram and subtracting the volume of the blood in the ventricle at the end of a beat (called end-systolic volume [note 1]) from the volume of blood just prior to the beat (called end-diastolic volume). The term stroke volume can apply to each of the two ventricles of the heart, although it usually refers to the left ventricle. The stroke volumes for each ventricle are generally equal, both being approximately 70 mL in a healthy 70-kg man.

Stroke volume is an important determinant of cardiac output, which is the product of stroke volume and heart rate, and is also used to calculate ejection fraction, which is stroke volume divided by end-diastolic volume. Because stroke volume decreases in certain conditions and disease states, stroke volume itself correlates with cardiac function.


Example values in healthy 70-kg man
Ventricular volumes
Measure Right ventricle Left ventricle
End-diastolic volume 144 mL(± 23 mL)[1] 142 mL (± 21 mL)[2]
End-diastolic volume / body surface area (mL/m2) 78 mL/m2 (± 11 mL/m2)[1] 78 mL/m2 (± 8.8 mL/m2)[2]
End-systolic volume 50 mL (± 14 mL)[1] 47 mL (± 10 mL)[2]
End-systolic volume / body surface area (mL/m2) 27 mL/m2 (± 7 mL/m2)[1] 26 mL/m2 (± 5.1 mL/m2)[2]
Stroke volume 94 mL (± 15 mL)[1] 95 mL (± 14 mL)[2]
Stroke volume / body surface area (mL/m2) 51 mL/m2 (± 7 mL/m2)[1] 52 mL/m2 (± 6.2 mL/m2)[2]
Ejection fraction 66% (± 6%)[1] 67% (± 4.6%)[2]
Heart rate 60–100 bpm[3] 60–100 bpm[3]
Cardiac output 4.0–8.0 L/minute[4] 4.0–8.0 l L/minute[4]

Its value is obtained by subtracting end-systolic volume (ESV) from end-diastolic volume (EDV) for a given ventricle.

In a healthy 70-kg man, ESV is approximately 50 mL and EDV is approximately 120mL, giving a difference of 70 mL for the stroke volume.

"Stroke work" refers to the work, or pressure of the blood ("P") multiplied by the stroke volume.[5] ESV and EDV are fixed variables. Heart rate and Stroke Volume are unfixed.


Major factors influencing stroke volume – Multiple factors impact preload, afterload, and contractility, and are the major considerations influencing SV.[6]

Men, on average, have higher stroke volumes than women due to the larger size of their hearts. However, stroke volume depends on several factors such as heart size, contractility, duration of contraction, preload (end-diastolic volume), and afterload.


Prolonged aerobic exercise training may also increase stroke volume, which frequently results in a lower (resting) heart rate. Reduced heart rate prolongs ventricular diastole (filling), increasing end-diastolic volume, and ultimately allowing more blood to be ejected.


Stroke volume is intrinsically controlled by preload (the degree to which the ventricles are stretched prior to contracting). An increase in the volume or speed of venous return will increase preload and, through the Frank–Starling law of the heart, will increase stroke volume. Decreased venous return has the opposite effect, causing a reduction in stroke volume.


Elevated afterload (commonly measured as the aortic pressure during systole) reduces stroke volume. Though not usually affecting stroke volume in healthy individuals, increased afterload will hinder the ventricles in ejecting blood, causing reduced stroke volume. Increased afterload may be found in aortic stenosis and arterial hypertension.

Stroke volume index

Similar to cardiac index, is a method of relating the stroke volume (SV) to the size of the person Body surface area (BSA).


  1. In short, the remaining blood volume left in the left ventricle not pumped out after a systole.


  1. Maceira AM, Prasad SK, Khan M, Pennell DJ (December 2006). "Reference right ventricular systolic and diastolic function normalized to age, gender and body surface area from steady-state free precession cardiovascular magnetic resonance" (PDF). European Heart Journal. 27 (23): 2879–88. doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehl336. PMID 17088316.
  2. Maceira A (2006). "Normalized Left Ventricular Systolic and Diastolic Function by Steady State Free Precession Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance". Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. 8: 417–426. doi:10.1080/10976640600572889. (subscription required)
  3. Normal ranges for heart rate are among the narrowest limits between bradycardia and tachycardia. See the Bradycardia and Tachycardia articles for more detailed limits.
  4. "Normal Hemodynamic Parameters – Adult" (PDF). Edwards Lifesciences LLC. 2009.
  5. Katz AM (2006). Physiology of the heart. Hagerstwon, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 337. ISBN 0-7817-5501-8.
  6. Betts JG (2013). Anatomy & physiology. pp. 787–846. ISBN 1938168135. Retrieved 11 August 2014.

Further reading

  • Berne RM, Levy MN (2001). Cardiovascular Physiology. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby. ISBN 0-323-01127-6.
  • Boron WF, Boulpaep EL (2005). Medical Physiology: A Cellular and Molecular Approach. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier/Saunders. ISBN 1-4160-2328-3.
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