Pulmonary arterial hypertension

Common Name(s)

Pulmonary arterial hypertension, Idiopathic pulmonary hypertension, Primary pulmonary hypertension

Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a progressive condition that affects the heart and lungs. It is characterized by abnormally high blood pressure (hypertension) in the pulmonary artery, the blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the lungs. The most common signs and symptoms are shortness of breath (dyspnea) during exertion and fainting spells. As the condition worsens, people can experience dizziness, swelling (edema) of the ankles or legs, chest pain, and a racing pulse. Most cases of PAH occur in individuals with no family history of the disorder. Although some cases are due to mutations in the BMPR2 gene and inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern, a gene mutation has not yet been identified in most individuals. When PAH is inherited from an affected relative it is called "familial" PAH. Cases with no identifiable cause may be referred to as "idiopathic" PAH. PAH can also occur secondary to an underlying disorder such as connective tissue diseases, HIV infection, chronic hemolytic anemia, and congenital heart disease, to name a few. PAH can also be induced by certain drugs and toxins, for example fenfluramine and dexfenfluramine (appetite suppressants now banned by the FDA), toxic rapeseed oil, and amphetamines.  
 

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International Scleroderma Network

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Last Updated: 18 Apr 2010

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PHCentral

Pulmonary Hypertension Information, Support and Advocacy Since 1999

Last Updated: 19 Dec 2012

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Following organizations serve the condition "Pulmonary arterial hypertension" for support, advocacy or research.

International Scleroderma Network

Our mission is to provide stellar worldwide research, support, education and awareness for scleroderma and related illnesses.

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Pulmonary Hypertension Information, Support and Advocacy Since 1999

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Scientific Literature

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Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Pulmonary arterial hypertension" returned 1248 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

A case report of pulmonary arterial hypertension in pregnancy and complications of anticoagulation therapy.
 

Author(s): Yangfang Xiang, Jun Li, Yinxiang Sun

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Aug;97(32):e11810.

 

Treprostinil, a potent vasodilator, is the treatment of choice for severe pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) during pregnancy. Its inhibition of platelet aggregation increases the risk of hemorrhage. In addition, anticoagulation therapy is widely used in pregnancy with PAH due ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Predictors of poor outcome in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension: A single center study.
 

Author(s): Emilia Stepnowska, Ewa Lewicka, Alicja Dąbrowska-Kugacka, Ludmiła Daniłowicz-Szymanowicz, Paweł Zagożdżon, Rafał Kamiński, Zuzanna Lewicka-Potocka, Paweł Miękus, Dariusz Kozłowski, Wojciech Potocki, Grzegorz Raczak

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Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a rare disorder with unfavorable prognosis despite implementation of specific PAH-oriented therapy. The aim of the study was to define predictors of poor prognosis in patients from one center treated according to the Polish National Health Fund program.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Contemporary survival of patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension and congenital systemic to pulmonary shunts.
 

Author(s): Chodchanok Vijarnsorn, Kritvikrom Durongpisitkul, Paweena Chungsomprasong, Densiri Bositthipichet, Salisa Ketsara, Yuttapon Titaram, Prakul Chanthong, Supaluck Kanjanauthai, Jarupim Soongswang

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To compare survival of patients with newly diagnosed pulmonary arterial hypertension associated with congenital heart disease (PAH-CHD) according to various clinical classifications with classifications of anatomical-pathophysiological systemic to pulmonary shunts in a single-center cohort.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Pulmonary arterial hypertension" returned 320 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Survival benefits of oral anticoagulants in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension: Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Hai-Chao Zhang, Na Wang, Wen Zhang, Zhi-Chun Gu, Xiao-Yan Liu

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Sep;97(36):e12203.

 

Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is an incurable disease with high mortality. Although most studies recommend anticoagulation treatment for idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH), the survival benefits are uncertain. Therefore, the present paper provides a protocol ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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[Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation in pulmonary arterial hypertension].
 

Author(s): Astrid Von Oetinger, Luz María Trujillo, Sergio Villanueva, Mónica Zagolin

Journal: Rev Med Chil. 2018 May;146(5):627-635.

 

Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation is a promising therapy for Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) whose survival does not exceed 65% at five years. We performed a literature search about rehabilitation on PAH in MEDLINE, LILACS and COCHRANE databases, considering articles from 2005 ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in Women.
 

Author(s): Humna Abid Memon, Myung H Park

Journal: Methodist Debakey Cardiovasc J. ;13(4):224-237.

 

Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is characterized by pathological hemodynamic elevation in pulmonary artery pressure. Development of international registries over the last decade has raised awareness about the disease, leading to the development of new and improved therapies. ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Physiopathology of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: Mechanistic Studies
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

 

Last Updated: 8 Nov 2016

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Apabetalone for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: a Pilot Study
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

 

Last Updated: 29 Aug 2018

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PARP-1 Inhibition in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

 

Last Updated: 26 Jul 2018

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