The right ventricle in sepsis.

  title={The right ventricle in sepsis.},
  author={Chee Man Chan and James R. Klinger},
  journal={Clinics in chest medicine},
  volume={29 4},
  pages={661-76, ix}
Right ventricular dysfunction is common in sepsis and septic shock because of decreased myocardial contractility and elevated pulmonary vascular resistance despite a concomitant decrease in systemic vascular resistance. The mainstay of treatment for acute right heart failure includes treating the underlying cause of sepsis and reversing circulatory shock to maintain tissue perfusion and oxygen delivery. Decreasing pulmonary vascular resistance with selective pulmonary vasodilators is a… CONTINUE READING