Right Heart Catheterization



In the catheterization laboratory and the intensive care unit, right heart catheterization (RHC) can provide vital physiologic information. Although clinical trials have never demonstrated improved outcomes with RHC, when used appropriately, it is viewed as an invaluable tool for the hemodynamic monitoring and management of critically ill patients with cardiovascular disease.


Swan Ganz catheter Shock Cardiac output Pulmonary capillary wedge pressure Hemodynamic monitoring 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.New England Cardiac Arrhythmia CenterTufts Medical CenterBostonUSA
  2. 2.Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of CardiologyTufts Medical Center, Tufts University School of MedicineBostonUSA

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