IMR Press / RCM / Volume 23 / Issue 1 / DOI: 10.31083/j.rcm2301012
Open Access Review
Importance of right heart catheterization in advanced heart failure management
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1 Department of Cardiology, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX 75246, USA
2 Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute, Baylor Scott & White Research Institute, Dallas, TX 75204, USA
3 Center for Advanced Heart and Lung Disease, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX 75246, USA
4 Department of Internal Medicine, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Bryan, TX 77807, USA
*Correspondence: (Cesar Y. Guerrero-Miranda)
These authors contributed equally.
Academic Editor: Giuseppe Biondi-Zoccai
Rev. Cardiovasc. Med. 2022, 23(1), 12;
Submitted: 21 October 2021 | Revised: 24 November 2021 | Accepted: 6 December 2021 | Published: 13 January 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Interventions for the failing left ventricle)
Copyright: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by IMR Press.
This is an open access article under the CC BY 4.0 license.

Patients with chronic congestive heart failure belong to a population with reduced quality of life, poor functional class, and increased risk of mortality and morbidity. In these patients, assessment of invasive hemodynamics both serves therapeutic purposes and is useful for stratification roles. The right heart catheterization has become a cornerstone diagnostic tool for patients in refractory heart failure or cardiogenic shock, as well as for the assessment of candidacy for heart replacement therapies, and the management of patients following mechanical circulatory assist device implantation and heart transplantation.

Pulmonary artery catheter
Swan-Ganz catheter
Right heart catheterization
Invasive hemodynamics
Cardiogenic shock
Heart failure
Acute decompensated heart failure
Fig. 1.
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