Early right heart failure (RHF) occurs in up to 40% of patients following left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. The most recent report from the Mechanical Circulatory Support-Academic Research Consortium (MCS-ARC) working group subdivides early RHF into early acute RHF and early postimplant RHF. We sought to determine the effectiveness of right ventricular (RV) longitudinal strain (LS) in predicting RHF according to the new MCS-ARC definition. We retrospectively analyzed clinical and echocardiographic data of patients who underwent LVAD implantation between 2015 and 2018. RVLS in the 4-chamber (4ch), RV outflow tract, and subcostal views were measured on pre-LVAD echocardiograms. Fifty-five patients were included in this study. Six patients (11%) suffered early acute RHF, requiring concomitant RVAD implantation intraoperatively. Twenty-two patients (40%) had postimplant RHF. RVLS was significantly reduced in patients who developed early acute and postimplant RHF. At a cutoff of −9.7%, 4ch RVLS had a sensitivity of 88.9% and a specificity of 77.8% for predicting RHF and area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of 0.86 (95% confidence interval 0.76–0.97). Echocardiographic RV strain outperformed more invasive hemodynamic measures and clinical parameters in predicting RHF.