Chapter

Right Ventricular Infarction

R. Scott Wright

Edited by Joseph G. Murphy

in Mayo Clinic Cardiology

Fourth edition

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199915712
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322824 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199915712.003.1300

Series: Mayo Clinic Scientific Press

Right Ventricular Infarction

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Isolated right ventricular myocardial infarction is rare, but an estimated 30% of patients with acute inferior myocardial infarction have clinical or echocardiographic evidence of right ventricular dysfunction or infarction. Right ventricular infarction is frequently underdiagnosed and is associated with an increased in-hospital mortality compared with inferior wall myocardial infarction in patients with preserved right ventricular function. Many studies have shown that patients with right ventricular infarction are a unique subgroup with a distinctive clinical presentation, treatment, and prognosis. Resolution of right ventricular dysfunction is common among patients who survive right ventricular infarction.

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Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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