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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Advisor

Dr. Tom Colletti, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

Abstract

Hospitalized patients who experience right heart failure are at an increased risk of morbidity and mortality often times due to a lack of timely diagnosis. The most compelling reason for under diagnosis and extended time prior to initiation of therapy is the concern for other organ system failures before the true reason of right ventricular failure is determined. This article will review the anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, unique pharmacologic and mechanical support needed to initiate support sooner and mitigate adverse events associated with right ventricular failure.

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