right ventricular hypertrophy (RVH)

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Causes include:

  • an increased right ventricular filling:
    • high output states
    • increased blood volume - overtransfusion, acute nephritis
  • increased resistance to right ventricular evacuation:
    • pulmonary arterial hypertension
    • pulmonary stenosis
  • inefficient emptying of right ventricle:
    • pulmonary incompetence
    • tricuspid incompetence

Last reviewed 01/2018