Current Heart Failure Reports

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 141–155 | Cite as

Novel Insights and Treatment Strategies for Right Heart Failure

  • Weiqin Lin
  • Ai-Ling Poh
  • W. H. Wilson Tang
Pharmacologic Therapy (W.H.W. Tang, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Pharmacologic Therapy


Purpose of Review

The function of the right ventricle (RV) is intimately linked to its preload (systemic volume status) and afterload (pulmonary vasculature). In this review, we explore current knowledge in RV physiology, RV function assessment, causes of right heart failure (RHF), and specific treatment strategies for RHF.

Recent Findings

We examine the evidence behind new pharmacological therapies available, such as macitentan and riociguat in the treatment of specific etiologies of RHF. We will also focus on RHF in the setting of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and in the presence of left ventricular assist devices (LVAD), looking at current treatment recommendations, including mechanical circulatory support. Lastly, we will look to the horizon for the latest research on RHF, including the molecular basis of RHF and potential novel treatment methods for this old yet poorly understood syndrome.


Disturbances in this complex relationship result in the clinical syndrome of RHF. Despite advances in the management of left heart diseases, much work remains to be done to understand and manage RHF.


Right heart failure Pulmonary arterial hypertension Pulmonary venous hypertension Right heart failure post-LVAD Pulmonary vasodilator Mechanical circulatory support 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Weiqin Lin and Ai-Ling Poh declare that they have no conflicts of interest. W.H. Wilson Tang reports personal fees from The Advisory Board Company, personal fees from Springer, and grants from the National Institutes of Health, outside the submitted work.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Section of Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Heart and Vascular InstituteCleveland ClinicClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Parkway HospitalsSingaporeSingapore
  3. 3.Center for Clinical GenomicsCleveland ClinicClevelandUSA

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