What Is Acute Cor Pulmonale?

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What is acute cor pulmonale?

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Acute cor pulmonale is defined as the acute failure of right ventricle. It is caused by a sudden increase in resistance to blood flow in the pulmonary circulation. The disease can be detected by bedside echocardiography rapidly.

Acute cor pulmonale is usually regarded as a complication of massive pulmonary embolism. Also, it is usually regarded as complication of acute respiratory distress syndrome, in which the poor mechanical ventilation is to blame. In this case, the treatment is to reduce resistance to blood flow in the pulmonary circulation.

 

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