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Am J Cardiol. 1982 Jan;49(1):71-7.

Hemodynamic correlates of right ventricular ejection fraction measured with gated radionuclide angiography.


Right ventricular function was studied in 60 patients with equilibrium gated radionuclide angiography. The mean (+/- standard deviation) right ventricular ejection fraction in 20 normal subjects was 53 +/- 6 percent, a value in agreement with previous data from both radionuclide and contrast angiographic studies. This value was similar (55 +/- 7 percent) in 11 patients with coronary artery disease but normal left ventricular function. Radionuclide measurements of right ventricular ejection fraction were correlated with right heart hemodynamics. There was a significant negative linear correlation between right ventricular ejection fraction and mean pulmonary arterial pressure (r = -0.82) and between right ventricular ejection fraction and right ventricular end-diastolic pressure (4 = -0.67). Furthermore, patients with elevated right ventricular end-diastolic pressure and mean pulmonary arterial pressure had a more severely depressed ejection fraction than did those with an elevated mean pulmonary arterial pressure alone. Thus, an abnormal value for right ventricular ejection fraction by gated radionuclide angiography in the absence of primary right ventricular volume overload suggests abnormal right heart pressures, whereas a normal value excludes severe pulmonary arterial hypertension or an elevated right ventricular end-diastolic pressure.

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