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That’s right: Assessment of right ventricular morphology and function - a joint session with the Canadian Society of Echocardiography

This session discussed four important topics in relation to right ventricular function.

Right ventricular dysplasia was the first lecture, which covered various aspects of the genetics and pathophysiology of arrhythmia as well as the criteria for diagnosing right ventricular dysplasia. The presenter, Asst. Prof. Kristina Haugaa from Norway, discussed various aspects of right ventricular dysfunction and its diagnostic modalities, including echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance.

This was followed by a lecture delivered by Prof. Lawrence Rudski on the subject of right ventricular function in athletes. He covered various patterns of right ventricular dysfunction, particularly in individuals undertaking strenuous exercise, and highlighted the commonly seen enlarged right ventricle but with preserved systolic function.

The third talk was about right ventricular function in patients undergoing right heart surgery. In this talk, Dr Thierry Le Tourneau from France discussed various patterns of response of the right ventricle to volume and pressure loading, as well as predictors of recovery, particularly using myocardial deformation imaging.

Finally, issues regarding right ventricular function changes in patients receiving a left ventricular assist device were covered by Dr. Marie-Claude Parent from Canada, who highlighted the need for more data to give a clear understanding of the role of right ventricular function in symptom explanation in these individuals. The participants also highlighted the need for further research into all these issues.

The session proved to be a great success, having attracted over 75% of the lecture hall capacity, despite being held in the early evening.

The content of this article reflects the personal opinion of the author/s and is not necessarily the official position of the European Society of Cardiology.