Study of the Factors Concurring in the Determination of Right Ventricular Hypertrophy in Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease

  • L. Bertoli
  • A. Mantero
  • C. Alli
  • M. Tamponi
  • R. Alpago
  • A. Molino
  • A. Pezzano
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As already recognized, the most important pathogenetic mechanisms inducing abnormalities in the right ventricular structure are pulmonary hypertension and abnormal concentrations of blood gases.1 Any theory concerning the development of cor pulmonale should take account of the effects of the anatomical loss of pulmonary vessels, pulmonary arterial constrictions secondary to alveolar hypoxia and acidosis as well as of the effects of increased blood viscosity and increased blood flow.2 However, their relative roles and the pathogenetic sequences inducing right ventricular hypertrophy (RVH) are unknown.


Pulmonary Hypertension Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Ventricular Hypertrophy Interventricular Septum Right Ventricular Outflow Tract 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Bertoli
    • 1
  • A. Mantero
    • 2
  • C. Alli
    • 1
  • M. Tamponi
    • 3
  • R. Alpago
    • 2
  • A. Molino
    • 1
  • A. Pezzano
    • 2
  1. 1.Vergani Medical DivisionNiguarda Cà Granda HospitalMilanItaly
  2. 2.Cardiology DepartmentNiguarda Cà Granda HospitalMilanItaly
  3. 3.Physical Therapy DepartmentNiguarda Cà Granda HospitalMilanItaly

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