Unmasking pulmonary hypertension following tricuspid valve replacement

Mustafa Ajam, Rabih Touma, Omar Chehab, Mohamed Shokr, Aiden Abidov

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Abstract

In this Viewpoint, we highlight a possible hemodynamic problem arising following tricuspid valve replacement (TVR) in patients with severe chronic tricuspid regurgitation, represented by “unmasking” of pulmonary hypertension (PH) following the surgery. We share an observation that should alert cardiologists to the fact that this increasingly utilized surgery is not risk free, and careful assessment of the right ventricular function and pulmonary circulation preoperatively is extremely important, especially in patients with preexisting risk factors for PH, since TVR may lead to a sudden increase in right ventricular afterload.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-154
Number of pages4
JournalEchocardiography
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2021

Keywords

  • hemodynamics
  • pulmonary hypertension
  • tricuspid valve
  • valve replacement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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