Interactions Between the Pulmonary Circulation and Ventilation: An Overview for Intensivists

  • A. F. Broccard
  • F. Feihl


The heart and the lungs are coupled both anatomically and physiologically in that the cardiovascular and respiratory systems are functionally linked in the respiratory chain (oxygen and carbon-dioxide exchange). Their close proximity within the thorax and the fact that the lungs serve as a conduit between the right and left heart chambers largely account for the mechanical interactions between these two systems.


Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Positive Airway Pressure Respir Crit Pulmonary Circulation Transmural Pressure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. F. Broccard
    • 1
  • F. Feihl
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Minnesota, Medical Intensive Care Unit and Critical Care DivisionRegions HospitalSt PaulUSA
  2. 2.Division of Clinical PathophysiologyLausanne University Hospital (CHUV)LausanneSwitzerland

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