Right Ventricular Morphology and Function in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients Living at High Altitude
YazarGuvenc, Tolga Sinan
Erer, Hatice Betul
Yildirim, Binnaz Zeynep
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Introduction: Pulmonary vasculature is affected in patients with chronic pulmonary obstructive disease (COPD). As a result of increased pulmonary resistance, right ventricular morphology and function are altered in COPD patients. High altitude and related hypoxia causes pulmonary vasoconstriction, thereby affecting the right ventricle. We aimed to investigate the combined effects of COPD and altitude-related chronic hypoxia on right ventricular morphology and function.