Right-sided heart failure means that the right side of the heart is not pumping blood to the lungs as well as normal.
It is also called cor pulmonale or pulmonary heart disease.
Most people develop heart failure because of a problem with the left
ventricle. But reduced function of the right ventricle can also occur in
heart failure. As blood begins to back up behind the failing left ventricle and
into the lungs, it will become harder for the right ventricle
to pump returning blood through the lungs. Like the left ventricle, the right
ventricle will weaken with time and start to fail.
The most common cause of right-sided heart failure is actually
left-sided heart failure. But other conditions,
such as certain lung diseases, can cause the right ventricle to fail even when
there is no problem with your left ventricle.
What is it?
How does it cause right-sided heart failure?
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, ElectrophysiologyE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerStephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
Current as ofApril 3, 2017
Current as of:
April 3, 2017
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
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