Right Ventricle / Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is an increase of blood pressure in the pulmonary artery, pulmonary vein, or pulmonary capillaries, together known as the lung vasculature, leading to shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, leg swelling and other symptoms. Pulmonary hypertension can be a severe disease with a markedly decreased exercise tolerance and heart failure. The right ventricle is one of four chambers (two atria and two ventricles) in the human heart. It receives deoxygenated blood from the right atrium via the tricuspid valve, and pumps it into the pulmonary artery via the semilunar pulmonary valve and pulmonary artery.

Because of its function, the right ventricle is the most impacted by the increase of after load due to pulmonary hypertension (more resistance to the flow of blood inside the lungs).  Eventually, patients with such disease would suffer from right heart failure which leads to heart failure.  This would require heart transplants to avoid death. Diagnosoft technology utilized the MRI scanner to help diagnosing the right ventricle, especially by measuring deterioration in its function using strain measurements.

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