The right ventricle is highly sensitive to afterload, and pulmonary compromise can increase pulmonary vascular resistance and lead to right ventricular dysfunction. Pulmonary hypertension can also be exacerbated by mechanical ventilation. Patients with COVID-19 pneumonia and respiratory failure, especially those ventilated with positive end-expiratory pressure, are prone to pulmonary hypertension. Understanding their right ventricular hemodynamics can have therapeutic and prognostic implications.
"Right Ventricular Hemodynamics in COVID-19 Patients,"
Journal of Shock and Hemodynamics: Vol. 1(2)
Available at: https://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/josh/vol1/iss2/13