cor pulmonale

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Enlargement of the right ventricle of the heart due to excessive pressure loading that results from diseases of the lungs or the pulmonary arteries. Such diseases include those affecting the structure of the lungs (e.g. emphysema) or their function (e.g. obesity) except when these changes result from congenital heart disease or diseases primarily affecting the left side of the heart.

Subjects: Medicine and Health.

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