Right ventricular function and positive pressure ventilation in clinical practice: from hemodynamic subsets to respirator settings

  • François Jardin
  • Antoine Vieillard-Baron


When used in patients free of previous cardiorespiratory disease, mechanical ventilation with a normal tidal volume does not have any discernible hemodynamic consequences. Conversely, the presence of a pulmonary disease affecting the bronchial tree, lung parenchyma, or both, may induce extreme conditions for mechanical ventilation. In this setting, an adverse hemodynamic effect may seriously complicate respiratory support.


Superior Vena Cava Positive Pressure Ventilation Transpulmonary Pressure Pleural Pressure Expiratory Flow Limitation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • François Jardin
    • 1
  • Antoine Vieillard-Baron
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Hôpital Ambroise Paré, Service de Réanimation MédicaleBoulogneFrance
  2. 2.Intensive Care Unit, Assistance Publique des Hôpitaux de ParisUniversity Hospital Ambroise ParéBoulogneFrance
  3. 3.Faculté de Paris Ile-de-France OuestUniversité de Versailles Saint Quentin en YvelinesVersaillesFrance

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