Cor pulmonale

The Cor pulmonale - Enlargement of, and strain upon, the right side of the heart, that is caused by one of several chronic lung diseases. Damage to the lungs leads to pulmonary hypertension (abnormally high blood pressure in the arteries that supply the lungs).

The resulting “back pressure” of blood puts strain on the heart, and may eventually cause right-sided heart failure with oedema.


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