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Right ventricular function in critically ill patients


1Medical ICU, General Hospital Celje

DOI: 10.22514/SV131.032017.3 Vol.13,Issue S1,May 2017 pp.24-26

Published: 08 May 2017

*Corresponding Author(s): GORAZD VOGA E-mail:


The right ventricular function is crucial for maintaining hemodynamic stability in critically ill patients who suffer from sud-den increases of right ventricular pressure overload and/or severely decreased right ventricular contractility. The morphologi-cal and functional assessment of the right ventricle is usually performed by bedside echocardiography and hemodynamic measurements with a pulmonary artery catheter. The therapeutic approach to patients with right ventricular failure in-cludes measures to decrease right ventric-ular afterload and to improve its coronary perfusion and contractility.  


right ventricle, failure, systolic function

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GORAZD VOGA. Right ventricular function in critically ill patients. Signa Vitae. 2017. 13(S1);24-26.


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