The right ventricle in pulmonary hypertension

Kelly M. Chin, Nick H S Kim, Lewis J. Rubin

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Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a term used to classify a variety of conditions that share in common an injury to the pulmonary vasculature that produces elevations in pulmonary arterial pressure. However, it is the integrity of right ventricular function, rather than the degree of vascular injury, that is the major determinant of symptoms and survival in PAH. The article will review the normal structure and function of the right ventricle and summarize the impact of PAH and its treatments on right ventricular function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-18
Number of pages6
JournalCoronary artery disease
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2005


  • Prognosis
  • Pulmonary arterial hypertension
  • Right ventricle
  • Right ventricular failure
  • Ventricular interdependence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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