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Echocardiographic Evaluation of the Right Heart
Roshanak Markley2,1, Asghar Ali2,1*, Jonathan Potfay2,1, Walter Paulsen2,1, Ion Jovin2,1
1Virginia Commonwealth University
2Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center Medicine
Corresponding Author: Asghar Ali ,Tel: 8046756439, Email: mirasgharali@yahoo.com
ABSTRACT
The appropriate use of echocardiography may reduce the need for invasive diagnostic cardiac procedures. The right side of the heart has recently gained interest among cardiologists as it became clear that abnormalities of the right heart morphology and function are associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Echocardiograms are easy to perform, relatively cheap, readily available and do not pose the risk of ionizing radiation. Conventional 2D and, more recently, 3D echocardiography provides pertinent anatomic and physiologic information about the right side of the heart. Because of the advantages and simplicity of echocardiography it continues to be an excellent tool for evaluating the structure and function of the right side of the heart. This review outlines the uses of echocardiography in evaluating the right heart structure and function.
Keywords: Right Heart, Right ventricle, Echocardiography
Volume 25, No 3
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