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The forgotten chamber: the importance of the right ventricle.
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PMID:  7614536     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Historically, the right heart was viewed as less important than the left heart in the maintenance of normal overall hemodynamic performance. However, there is now considerable evidence that emphasizes the significance of intact right ventricular (RV) function. The RV's anatomy and physiology are reviewed in order to provide insight into how changes in volume can be accommodated within a low-pressure environment and how this contributes to hemodynamic stability. The interdependent relationship between the right and left ventricles is also explored. The contribution of RV performance to overall hemodynamics is best exemplified when the RV becomes diseased. RV infarction, atrial septal defect, and cor pulmonale are used as examples to illustrate the dramatic sequelae associated with RV dysfunction, as well as to identify the RV's specific adaptive mechanisms.
V H Rigolin; P A Robiolio; J S Wilson; J K Harrison; T M Bashore
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Catheterization and cardiovascular diagnosis     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0098-6569     ISO Abbreviation:  Cathet Cardiovasc Diagn     Publication Date:  1995 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-08-24     Completed Date:  1995-08-24     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7508512     Medline TA:  Cathet Cardiovasc Diagn     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  18-28     Citation Subset:  IM    
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Heart Septal Defects, Atrial / physiopathology
Heart Ventricles / anatomy & histology*
Hemodynamics / physiology
Myocardial Infarction / physiopathology
Pulmonary Heart Disease / physiopathology
Ventricular Dysfunction, Right / physiopathology
Ventricular Function
Ventricular Function, Right / physiology*

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