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Right ventricular failure: Clinical features and management 

Right ventricular failure: Clinical features and management
Right ventricular failure: Clinical features and management

Thomas G. Di Salvo

and Simon Maltais

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date: 13 July 2020

Right ventricular failure may be defined as the presence of an otherwise unexplained elevated mean right atrial pressure or pulmonary capillary wedge pressure, typically accompanied by a low cardiac index. This chapter builds on the previous one in order to explore the clinical features and management of right ventricular failure. The etiologies, differential diagnosis, and symptoms of right ventricular failure are summarized with details of common and challenging scenarios and imaging. Treatment of right ventricular failure associated with a number of conditions, such as adult congenital heart disease, is also discussed.

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