Current Cardiology Reports

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 194–202 | Cite as

Evaluation of Right Ventricular Function

  • Clifford R. GreysonEmail author


Right ventricular (RV) function is a powerful prognostic factor in congestive heart failure and pulmonary hypertension, but assessing RV function is a challenge because of the right ventricle’s complex geometry, its extreme sensitivity to loading conditions, and a limited understanding of underlying mechanisms of right heart failure. At present, a single widely accepted and generally applicable index of RV function is not available. Current approaches to assessment of RV function include physical examination, catheterization, conventional contrast and radionuclide angiography, nuclear perfusion scintigraphy, cardiac CT, MRI, echocardiography, and positron emission tomography. This review will discuss assessment of RV function in the context of RV physiology.


Right ventricle Right heart failure Congestive heart failure Pulmonary hypertension Echocardiography Strain Radionuclide angiography Magnetic resonance imaging Pulmonary artery catheterization Deformation Cor pulmonale Hemodynamics 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of ColoradoDenverUSA
  2. 2.Cardiology 111B, VAMCDenverUSA

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