Functional and anatomic involvement of the right ventricle in arterial hypertension.
AbstractThe early cardiac involvement is well known in arterial hypertension, particulary the diastolic and left ventricular hypertrophy. The right ventricle and pulmonary circulation may likewise be affected early in the course of disease. Scarce though it is, studies on the right repercussion of hypertension have shown an increase in pulmonary resistance and right-sided pressures in hypertensive patients. In spite of the limitations arising from the complex geometry of the right ventricule, echocardiography may be the most important non-invasive technique in the evaluation of the structural and functional repercussion of hypertension on the right ventricle. Our studies have revealed an increase in the diastolic thickness of the right ventricular free wall in hypertensive patients, as well as a good correlation between the diastolic thickness of the free walls of both ventricles. Most studies suggest a functional relationship between both ventricles. Structural alterations may occur in the right ventricle, along with hemodynamic alterations, thus suggesting structural and functional similarity of both ventricles, regarding cardiac response to arterial hypertension.
How to Cite
All the articles published in the AMP are open access and comply with the requirements of funding agencies or academic institutions. The AMP is governed by the terms of the Creative Commons ‘Attribution – Non-Commercial Use - (CC-BY-NC)’ license, regarding the use by third parties.
It is the author’s responsibility to obtain approval for the reproduction of figures, tables, etc. from other publications.
Upon acceptance of an article for publication, the authors will be asked to complete the ICMJE “Copyright Liability and Copyright Sharing Statement “(http://www.actamedicaportuguesa.com/info/AMP-NormasPublicacao.pdf) and the “Declaration of Potential Conflicts of Interest” (http:// www.icmje.org/conflicts-of-interest). An e-mail will be sent to the corresponding author to acknowledge receipt of the manuscript.
After publication, the authors are authorised to make their articles available in repositories of their institutions of origin, as long as they always mention where they were published and according to the Creative Commons license.