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The right ventricle in critical illness 

The right ventricle in critical illness
Chapter:
The right ventricle in critical illness
Source:
Acute and Critical Care Echocardiography
Author(s):

Claire Colebourn

and Jim Newton

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198757160.003.0004

This chapter describes the unique aspects of right ventricular structure and function and relates this to the effects of an acute or chronic rise in pulmonary vascular resistance on the right heart. Assessment of pulmonary vascular resistance and right heart function is described in detail. The usage of this assessment in critical care practice is then explored, with particular reference to mechanical ventilation and pulmonary embolism.

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