Interest in the right ventricle has increased because of advances in pulmonary hypertension treatment, improved diagnostic technology, and increased implantation of left ventricular assist devices and other mechanical circulatory assist devices. Right ventricular dysfunction is an independent predictor of mortality in patients with chronic heart failure. The purpose of this article is to describe the normal structure and function of the right ventricle, causes of right ventricular dysfunction leading to right ventricular failure, diagnostic hemodynamic assessments, and management of right ventricular failure in the critical care unit.
Symposium Fiftieth Anniversary of the Swan-Ganz Catheter: From then Until Now| March 15 2020
Right Ventricular Failure
Barbara Leeper, MN, RN-BC, APRN, CNS M-S, CCRN
AACN Adv Crit Care (2020) 31 (1): 49–56.
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Barbara Leeper; Right Ventricular Failure. AACN Adv Crit Care 15 March 2020; 31 (1): 49–56. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/aacnacc2020172
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