Right ventricular function after cardiac surgery: the diagnostic and prognostic role of echocardiography

Giuseppina Novo, Matteo Cameli, Francesca Maria Righini, Ciro Santoro, Francesco Ancona, Flavio D’Ascenzi, Regina Sorrentino, Giulia Elena Mandoli, Antonello D’Andrea, Maurizio Galderisi, Flavio D’Ascenzi, Sergio Mondillo, Eustachio Agricola

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Abstract

Cardiac surgical techniques and circulatory supports have strongly evolved in the last years. Right ventricular (RV) function during the post-operatory period is still subject of study, although its relevant prognostic impact has been variably described in different papers. RV post-surgical dysfunction’s underlying mechanisms are still not clear and include a different hypothesis. Echocardiography, with both first and second level parameters, offers the possibility to accurately analyze the right ventricle and optimize these patients’ management. This paper describes the pathophysiology of the right ventricle, the most used echo indexes of RV function, whether they alter after surgery, the different supposed mechanisms of RV dysfunction and its role in the prognosis of patients undergoing cardiac surgery.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalHeart Failure Reviews
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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    Novo, G., Cameli, M., Righini, F. M., Santoro, C., Ancona, F., D’Ascenzi, F., Sorrentino, R., Mandoli, G. E., D’Andrea, A., Galderisi, M., D’Ascenzi, F., Mondillo, S., & Agricola, E. (2019). Right ventricular function after cardiac surgery: the diagnostic and prognostic role of echocardiography. Heart Failure Reviews.