Pulmonary-Systemic Pressure Ratio Correlates with Morbidity in Cardiac Valve Surgery.

Affiliation

Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Pulmonary hypertension portends worse outcomes in cardiac valve surgery; however, isolated pulmonary artery pressures may not reflect patients' global cardiac function accurately. To better account for the interventricular relationship, the authors hypothesized that patients with greater pulmonary-systemic ratios (mean pulmonary arterial pressure)/(mean systemic arterial pressure) would correlate with worse outcomes after valve surgery.

Keywords

cardiac catheterization/intervention,cardiac function, physiology,pulmonary vascular resistance/hypertension,