Update on perioperative right heart assessment using transesophageal echocardiography

Karsten Bartels, Jörn Karhausen, Breandan L. Sullivan, G. Burkhard Mackensen

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Purpose of the review. This review aims to summarize recent findings relevant for perioperative 2- and 3-dimensional imaging of the right heart with transesophageal echocardiography. Special attention is given to developments that are likely to affect future approaches for prevention and therapy of perioperative right heart failure. Recent findings. Three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography techniques are becoming more common for the evaluation of anatomy, volumes, and functional indices. Summary. Right heart failure continues to contribute to morbidity and mortality in the context of cardiothoracic surgery. The advent and widespread clinical use of innovative tools permitting more accurate echocardiographic assessment of the right heart will open the door to renewed interest in novel therapeutic strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-351
Number of pages11
JournalSeminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 8 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • 3-dimensional echocardiography
  • cardiothoracic anesthesia
  • perioperative
  • right ventricle
  • transesophageal echocardiography
  • ultrasound imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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