Everything Echocardiography Offers - at 4 559 Meters Above Sea Level

It has long been known that hypoxia at high altitudes leads to an increase of pulmonaryarterial pressure. For sensitive persons, one crucial factor for the development of HAPE is the overwhelming rise in pressure in the pulmonary circulation. Using right heart catheterization average pulmonary-arterial pressures of 60 mmHg were encountered in earlier studies of HAPE patients. A pressure increase at the capillary level appears to play a pathophysiological role in the development of HAPE.

Noticeable dilatation of the right-sided heart cavities with pulmonary-arterial...
Noticeable dilatation of the right-sided heart cavities with pulmonary-arterial hypertension in a HAPEsusceptible subject at 4 559 meters above sea level.

This article was first published in the VISIONS, issue 07/2005, a publication of Toshiba Medical Systems

31.07.2007

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