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Pharmacological Support of the Failing Right Ventricle

  • P. F. Wouters
  • S. Rex
  • C. Missant
Conference paper

Abstract

After years of relative neglect, the role of the right ventricle in maintaining circulatory homeostasis is now generally recognized. Right ventricular (RV) dysfunction is a frequent cause of low output syndrome after cardiac surgery and appears to be associated with a higher mortality than left ventricular (LV) failure in the perioperative setting [1]. In the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and in primary pulmonary hypertension [2] RV failure has an independent detrimental effect on clinical outcome. This pathophysiological condition remains a clinical challenge for which our current therapeutic approaches do not yet provide a satisfactory answer.

Keywords

Pulmonary Hypertension Right Ventricular Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Brain Natriuretic Peptide Pulmonary Vascular Resistance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. F. Wouters
    • 1
  • S. Rex
    • 2
  • C. Missant
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyGhent University HospitalGhentBelgium
  2. 2.Department of AnesthesiologyUniversity Hospital of the RWTH PauwelsstrasseAachenGermany
  3. 3.Department of Acute Medical Sciences KatholiekeUniversiteit Leuven MinderbroederstraatLeuvenBelgium

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