Left ventricular dysfunction due to chronic right ventricular pressure overload. Resolution following percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty for pulmonic stenosis

Robert G. Stenberg, David E Fixler, Anne L. Taylor, James R. Corbett, Brian G. Firth

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Abstract

Left ventricular dysfunction due to chronic right ventricular pressure overload is well documented in experimental animals, but is controversial in humans. Whether left ventricular dysfunction resolves following the relief of chronic right ventricular pressure overload has not been studied. In this report, rapid improvement in both right and left ventricular function following successful percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty is described in a patient with severe isolated valvular pulmonic stenosis and biventricular dysfunction. It appears that: (1) geometric distortion played a major role in his reversible left ventricular dysfunction, and (2) severe biventricular dysfunction should not be a contraindication to valvuloplasty for valvular pulmonic stenosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-161
Number of pages5
JournalThe American Journal of Medicine
Volume84
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1988

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