The Right Ventricle in Cardiorespiratory Failure

The Right Ventricle in Cardiorespiratory Failure Curr Pulmonol Rep (2017) 6:169–178 DOI 10.1007/s13665-017-0183-y POINT OF CARE THORACIC ULTRASOUND (S KOENIG, SECTION EDITOR) 1,2 1 Shannon M. Fernando & Scott J. Millington Published online: 16 June 2017 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2017 . . Abstract Keywords Point-of-care ultrasound Right ventricle . . Purpose of Review Thorough evaluation of the hypoten- Pulmonary hypertension Pulmonary embolism Right sive or dyspneic patient requires an understanding of the ventricular myocardial infarction Acute respiratory distress physiology and common pathologies that relate to the syndrome Thoracic ultrasound right ventricle (RV). This review focuses on the role of point-of-care ultrasound (PoCUS) in evaluating the RV and discusses common clinical scenarios where PoCUS Introduction provides value. Recent Findings There are several signs of underlying RV When facing a patient with undifferentiated hypotension or pathology that can be detected using PoCUS; these in- dyspnea, the right ventricle (RV) has traditionally been ig- cluding alterations in RV size, wall thickness, interven- nored in favor of the left ventricle (LV) [1]. Encouragingly, tricular septal deviation, and RV function. These indica- recent years have seen an increased awareness of the risks tors help in differentiating between acute and chronic RV associated with pulmonary hypertension (PH) and RV Current Respiratory Care Reports Springer Journals

The Right Ventricle in Cardiorespiratory Failure

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Medicine & Public Health; Pneumology/Respiratory System; Internal Medicine; Thoracic Surgery
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