The right ventricle (RV) is no longer the forgotten chamber as studies have shown that critically ill patients with dysfunction are high risk for mortality. Right ventricular failure can result from elevated pulmonary pressures, excessive preload, and myocardial dysfunction. In this chapter, we discuss measures of systolic function. In Chap. 11, assessments of diastolic function are described. There are several easy ways to evaluate RV systolic function from transannular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE) with M-mode to systolic velocity with tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) and simply systematically visualizing the RV in different windows.
- Right ventricular function
- Right heart
- Tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion