Update 1987 pp 336-341 | Cite as

Monitoring of Right Ventricular Performance in the ICU

  • J. F. Dhainaut
  • F. Brunet
  • D. Villemant
Part of the Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine book series (UICM, volume 3)


In contrast to the left ventricle (LV), there are few investigations reported about the right ventricle (RV) which has been, until recently, relegated to relative obscurity. This is due to the geometric shape of the RV that defies simple geometric analysis. Under normal conditions, RV pressure requirement is modest but patients with acute pulmonary hypertension (pulmonary embolism, COPD, asthma attack, ARDS, acute thermal injury) develop a marked increase in RV afterload. This may lead to an eventual decline in LV pump function due to decreased preload. In addition, this increased RV end-diastolic volume may, via a leftward septal shift, alter LV diastolic mechanics [1].


Right Ventricle Tricuspid Regurgitation Ventricular Performance Thermodilution Technique Right Ventricle Ejection Fraction 
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  • J. F. Dhainaut
  • F. Brunet
  • D. Villemant

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