Pulmonary Hypertension

Algorithm safely rules out pulmonary embolism in pregnant women

A diagnostic model based on D-dimer measurement, lower limb compression ultrasonography and computed tomography pulmonary angiography accurately ruled out pulmonary embolism in pregnancy.

Generic Version of Adcirca Now Available for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Generic Version of Adcirca Now Available for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

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Tadalafil, a phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5) inhibitor, is indicated to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension to improve exercise ability.

Pulmonary-Systemic Pulse Pressure Ratio Linked to PH Mortality

Pulmonary-Systemic Pulse Pressure Ratio Linked to PH Mortality

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Patients with group 1 pulmonary hypertension who had a higher pulmonary-systemic pulse pressure ratio had a higher risk for mortality.

Segmental Pulmonary Hypertension: Management of New Classification

Segmental Pulmonary Hypertension: Management of New Classification

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Segmental pulmonary hypertension can result from several conditions, such as complex pulmonary atresia, hemitruncus arteriosus, absence/atresia of a single pulmonary artery, and an anomalous pulmonary artery from the aorta feeding a single lung segment.

Implantable System for Remodulin Approved for Patients With PAH

Implantable System for Remodulin Approved for Patients With PAH

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Remodulin is a prostacyclin vasodilator indicated for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension.

VTE Increases Risk for Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension

VTE Increases Risk for Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension

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A number of risk factors were associated with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension, including, age >70 years, female gender, and pulmonary embolism at first venous thromboembolism.

Supplementing Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Therapy With Nutritional Changes

Supplementing Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Therapy With Nutritional Changes

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Current research suggests patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension may benefit from iron and vitamin D supplementation.

Newly Diagnosed, Limitation-Free PH at Risk for Exercise Capacity Reductions

Newly Diagnosed, Limitation-Free PH at Risk for Exercise Capacity Reductions

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Patients with World Health Organization Functional Class I pulmonary hypertension experienced a significant reduction in exercise capacity following the shuttle walk test.

Tricuspid Regurgitation Velocity Unreliable Indicator of Pulmonary Hypertension

Tricuspid Regurgitation Velocity Unreliable Indicator of Pulmonary Hypertension

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Pulmonary hypertension was confirmed by invasive methods in 68% and 47% of patients with and without a measurable tricuspid regurgitation velocity, respectively.

Early Pulmonary Vascular Disease Onset Risk in Adults Born Preterm

Early Pulmonary Vascular Disease Onset Risk in Adults Born Preterm

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Increased pulmonary pressures, right ventricular dysfunction, and a stiffer pulmonary vascular bed were typical characteristics of early pulmonary vascular disease onset in young adults who were born preterm.

PAH Mortality Rates Comparable With ERA or PDE5 Inhibitor Therapy

PAH Mortality Rates Comparable With ERA or PDE5 Inhibitor Therapy

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There were no significant differences in pulmonary arterial hypertension survival based on therapy type, age was an important modifier.

Pulmonary Arterial Stiffness Related to mPAP and Heart Rate in Idiopathic PAH

Pulmonary Arterial Stiffness Related to mPAP and Heart Rate in Idiopathic PAH

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Pulmonary arterial stiffness was related to mean pulmonary arterial pressure and heart rate in patients with untreated idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Prognostic Model for Mortality in Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension

Prognostic Model for Mortality in Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension

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The Pediatric Index Pulmonary Hypertension Intensive Care Mortality model was compared with the Pediatric Risk of Mortality 2 and 3 models to determine the best model for predicting mortality.

RV Trabecular Complexity Fractal Analysis: Measuring Remodeling in PH

RV Trabecular Complexity Fractal Analysis: Measuring Remodeling in PH

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The fractal dimension of right ventricular trabecular complexity was a good reproducible marker of remodeling in pulmonary hypertension.

PAH in Congenital Heart Disease: Expert Q&A on Challenges and Advances

PAH in Congenital Heart Disease: Expert Q&A on Challenges and Advances

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Management strategies were discussed for subtypes of PAH-congenital heart disease including Eisenmenger syndrome, PAH with persistent systemic to pulmonary shunts, and PAH with small or coincidental defect or PAH after defect closure.

Improving Risk Stratification, Diagnostic Accuracy in PAH With Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing

Improving Risk Stratification, Diagnostic Accuracy in PAH With Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing

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Cardiopulmonary exercise testing can be an important diagnostic and prognostic tool in pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Cyanosis From PH or Congenital Heart Disease Responds Well to IV Ferrous Carboxymaltose

Cyanosis From PH or Congenital Heart Disease Responds Well to IV Ferrous Carboxymaltose

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After iron supplementation, patients with cyanosis experienced significant improvements in hemoglobin concentration, hematocrit, mean corpuscular volume, ferritin, and transferrin saturation

Sildenafil, Bosentan Combination vs Sildenafil Monotherapy in SSc-Associated PAH

Sildenafil, Bosentan Combination vs Sildenafil Monotherapy in SSc-Associated PAH

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There was no significant difference in efficacy between sildenafil and bosentan initial combination therapy and sildenafil monotherapy in patients with systemic sclerosis-related pulmonary arterial hypertension.

CTEPH Increases Risk for Sleep Disordered Breathing

CTEPH Increases Risk for Sleep Disordered Breathing

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Precapillary pulmonary hypertension and obstructive sleep apnea may be causative factors for central sleep apnea and pulmonary hypertension, respectively.

Composite Echo Score Predicts PH in Interstitial Lung Disease

Composite Echo Score Predicts PH in Interstitial Lung Disease

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The variables for the stepwise echocardiographic score included right ventricular systolic pressure, early pulmonary regurgitation gradient, right atrial area size, tricuspid regurgitation velocity, left ventricle eccentricity index, and right ventricle fractional area change.

Brain Natriuretic Peptide Shows Promise as Biomarker in Group 1 PAH

Brain Natriuretic Peptide Shows Promise as Biomarker in Group 1 PAH

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There was a significant relationship between brain natriuretic peptide levels and mortality in patients with group 1 pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Connective Tissue Diseases in Comorbid PAH: A Case for Separating SSc, SLE

Connective Tissue Diseases in Comorbid PAH: A Case for Separating SSc, SLE

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Recent evidence suggests that systemic sclerosis and systemic lupus erythematosus comorbid with pulmonary arterial hypertension should be considered separate diseases.

Pulmonary Hypertension Has Adverse Effect on Post-Lung Transplant Survival

Pulmonary Hypertension Has Adverse Effect on Post-Lung Transplant Survival

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The 1-year survival rate after lung transplantation in patients with a mean pulmonary arterial pressure ≥25 mm Hg was lower than the survival rate of those with a mean pulmonary arterial pressure <25 mm Hg.

Improved Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Risk Prediction Tools Needed

Improved Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Risk Prediction Tools Needed

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The use of a risk calculator aimed at achieving a low-risk profile in PAH trials is discussed.

PAH Risk, Mortality Increased by Disturbances in Male Sex Hormones

PAH Risk, Mortality Increased by Disturbances in Male Sex Hormones

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Men with higher estradiol and estradiol/testosterone levels had an increased risk for pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Serum Chloride Linked With Survival in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Serum Chloride Linked With Survival in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

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Serum chloride was a strong and independent predictor of mortality at 6 months after a pulmonary arterial hypertension diagnosis.

Egg-and-Banana Sign Has High Specificity for Pulmonary Hypertension Diagnosis

Egg-and-Banana Sign Has High Specificity for Pulmonary Hypertension Diagnosis

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The "egg-and-banana" sign is a valid computed tomography marker of pulmonary hypertension.

Veno-Arterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Improves Survival in Pulmonary Embolism

Veno-Arterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Improves Survival in Pulmonary Embolism

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A protocolized study including initiation of VA-ECMO may reduce mortality in patients with massive PE.

Predictive Value of Idiopathic PAH Risk Assessment Using Comorbidities, Age

Predictive Value of Idiopathic PAH Risk Assessment Using Comorbidities, Age

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Ischemic heart disease and kidney dysfunction were identified as 2 comorbidities that may affect outcomes in idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Stem Cell Therapy for RV Failure in PAH: Overview and Clinician Interview

Stem Cell Therapy for RV Failure in PAH: Overview and Clinician Interview

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Stem cell therapy targeting right ventricular failure may help improve pulmonary circulation in pulmonary arterial hypertension.

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