Novel methods for assessment of right heart structure and function in pulmonary hypertension

Gautam K. Singh, Philip T. Levy, Mark R. Holland, Aaron Hamvas

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Abstract

Long-term increases in pulmonary vascular resistance and pulmonary arterial pressure resulting from structural alterations and abnormal vasoreactivity of the pulmonary vasculature may lead to right ventricular (RV) remodeling. Conventional methods of assessment of RV structure and function do not provide sensitive markers of RV remodeling for prognostic information. Advances in cardiac imaging have provided the capability to obtain quantitative information on the RV structure and function. This article reviews the clinical conditions that result in PH and discusses the novel and emerging methods for the assessment of right heart structure and function in PH in infants and children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)685-701
Number of pages17
JournalClinics in Perinatology
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2012

Keywords

  • Echocardiography
  • Heart function
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Right ventricle

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