Right ventricular free wall circumferential strain reflects graded elevation in acute right ventricular afterload.

This study was designed to evaluate the concurrent changes in the right ventricular free wall (RVFW) movement in experimentally induced, acute mild, moderate, and severe right ventricle (RV) afterload conditions. In 14 open-chest pigs (weight 43 +/- 4 kg) with preserved pericardia, acute mild (>35 and <50 mmHg), moderate (> or =50 and < or =60 mmHg), and… CONTINUE READING