Right ventricular function in septic shock

  title={Right ventricular function in septic shock},
  author={Ch. Reuse and N Frank and Bernard Contempr{\'e} and Jean-Louis Vincent},
  journal={Intensive Care Medicine},
In critical states, right ventricular (RV) function is commonly altered by an increase in RV afterload or a depressed contractility. Severe sepsis can be associated with both. RV afterload can be increased by the pulmonary hypertension related to the release of various mediators and the development of microthrombi in the pulmonary circulation [1, 2]. Myocardial depression is also a relatively early event in the course of septic shock, even when cardiac output is normal or elevated [3, 4]. The… CONTINUE READING