Integrated right and left ventricular function: the problems associated with acute respiratory failure, mitral valve, and coronary artery disease
Arterial blood pressure and heart rate were among the first noninvasive measurements used for the evaluation of hemodynamic function. It was natural, therefore, that when myocardial infarction was found to affect predominantly the left ventricle and to be associated with inadequate peripheral perfusion, function of the left ventricle received overwhelming attention both from the clinician and the experimentalist. This attitude has continued into recent times and is eminently evident in discussions on the consequences of trauma, operation, and the hemodynamic difficulties associated with acute respiratory failure in the adult.
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