What is the role of right ventricle (RV) pressure and overload in the pathophysiology of cor pulmonale?

Updated: Dec 15, 2017
  • Author: Derek Leong, MD; Chief Editor: Henry H Ooi, MD, MRCPI  more...
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RV pressure and volume overload is associated with septal displacement toward the left ventricle. Septal displacement, which can be visualized on echocardiography, is an additional factor that decreases LV filling and output in the setting of cor pulmonale and RV enlargement.


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