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J Cardiovasc Magn Reson. 2012 Jan 18;14:6. doi: 10.1186/1532-429X-14-6.

Cardiovascular magnetic resonance in pulmonary hypertension.

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Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Unit, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK.

Abstract

Pulmonary hypertension represents a group of conditions characterized by higher than normal pulmonary artery pressures. Despite improved treatments, outcomes in many instances remain poor. In recent years, there has been growing interest in the use of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) in patients with pulmonary hypertension. This technique offers certain advantages over other imaging modalities since it is well suited to the assessment of the right ventricle and the proximal pulmonary arteries. Reflecting the relatively sparse evidence supporting its use, CMR is not routinely recommended for patients with pulmonary hypertension. However, it is particularly useful in patient with pulmonary arterial hypertension associated with congenital heart disease. Furthermore, it has proven informative in a number of ways; illustrating how right ventricular remodeling is favorably reversed by drug therapies and providing explicit confirmation of the importance of the right ventricle to clinical outcome. This review will discuss these aspects and practical considerations before speculating on future applications.

PMID:
22257586
PMCID:
PMC3305675
DOI:
10.1186/1532-429X-14-6
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