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Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a condition involving high blood pressure and structural changes in the walls of the pulmonary arteries, which are the blood vessels that connect the right side of the heart to the lungs. Affecting people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds - but most commonly found in young women of child-bearing years - the disease has historically been chronic and incurable, with a poor survival rate. PAH is often not diagnosed in a timely manner because its early symptoms can be confused with those of many other pulmonary and respiratory conditions. Symptoms include shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, dizziness, fainting, swollen ankles and legs and chest pain (especially during physical activity). With proper diagnosis, there are currently several therapies to alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life for PAH patients. The key is to find a PAH specialist and pursue immediate treatment.
PAH disease burden ‘significant’

PAH disease burden ‘significant’

Patients with newly diagnosed pulmonary arterial hypertension have a substantial burden of disease, with more than half hospitalised during the first 3 years post-diagnosis, research shows. [More]
CHEST guideline released for PAH

CHEST guideline released for PAH

An updated CHEST guideline for treating pulmonary arterial hypertension provides some evidence-based recommendations but also highlights many evidence gaps. [More]
Haemodynamic exercise variables “important” for PAH prognostication

Haemodynamic exercise variables “important” for PAH prognostication

Exercise haemodynamic variables, measured shortly after diagnosis, correlate with exercise capacity and predict survival in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension, study findings indicate. [More]
Prevalence of pulmonary arterial hypertension characterised in CHD patients

Prevalence of pulmonary arterial hypertension characterised in CHD patients

Pulmonary arterial hypertension affects just over 3% of individuals with congenital heart disease, reveal nationwide data from the Netherlands. [More]
Sanofi and Lilly announces agreement to pursue regulatory approval of Cialis

Sanofi and Lilly announces agreement to pursue regulatory approval of Cialis

Sanofi and Eli Lilly and Company today announced an agreement to pursue regulatory approval of nonprescription Cialis (tadalafil). [More]
Renal dysfunction affects NT-proBNP predictive thresholds in pulmonary hypertension

Renal dysfunction affects NT-proBNP predictive thresholds in pulmonary hypertension

N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide remains a valid predictor in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension who have concomitant renal dysfunction, say researchers. [More]
Inotropic agents support epoprostenol initiation in severe PAH

Inotropic agents support epoprostenol initiation in severe PAH

Researchers have published a protocol for use of inotropic agents during initiation of epoprostenol therapy in patients with severe pulmonary arterial hypertension. [More]
PAH risk factors identified for systemic sclerosis patients

PAH risk factors identified for systemic sclerosis patients

Researchers have identified clinical features that could help predict which patients with systemic sclerosis are likely to go on to develop pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and therefore benefit most from early treatment. [More]
Triple therapy shows promise for severe PAH

Triple therapy shows promise for severe PAH

Results of a small pilot study among patients with severe pulmonary arterial hypertension support the long-term benefits of upfront triple combination therapy, French researchers report. [More]
United Therapeutics' Remodulin Injection gets approval in Japan for PAH treatment

United Therapeutics' Remodulin Injection gets approval in Japan for PAH treatment

United Therapeutics Corporation today announced that Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has granted approval for Remodulin (treprostinil) Injection for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) by subcutaneous and intravenous administration. [More]
ATS develops clinical practice guidelines to help clinicians identify, manage patients with sickle cell disease

ATS develops clinical practice guidelines to help clinicians identify, manage patients with sickle cell disease

The American Thoracic Society has developed clinical practice guidelines to help clinicians identify and manage patients with sickle cell disease who are at increased risk for mortality from pulmonary hypertension. [More]
Japanese PAH patient prognosis ‘good’

Japanese PAH patient prognosis ‘good’

Japanese patients respond well to pulmonary arterial hypertension-targeted drugs and may have a good prognosis with long-term survival, study findings suggest. [More]
ECG abnormalities progress during pulmonary arterial hypertension course

ECG abnormalities progress during pulmonary arterial hypertension course

Researchers have identified a number of electrocardiography variables that progress between diagnosis and death in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension. [More]
Research opens door to new direction of PAH treatment

Research opens door to new direction of PAH treatment

The development of new, more effective vasodilators to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension has been hampered because of their systemic toxicity and adverse side effects. An international team of investigators seeking to surmount these problems and increase drug efficacy have determined that a vascular homing peptide can selectively target hypertensive pulmonary arteries to boost the pulmonary but not systemic effects of vasodilators. Importantly for potential clinical use, this peptide retains its activity when given sublingually. The results using a rat model of PAH are published in the American Journal of Pathology. [More]
Special publication details breakthrough research on causes of vascular disease

Special publication details breakthrough research on causes of vascular disease

The world's leading voices in the fight against Pulmonary Hypertension have compiled a special publication detailing the breakthrough research into the causes of this debilitating vascular disease. [More]
Ikaria shareholders to sell Commercial Business to Madison Dearborn Partners

Ikaria shareholders to sell Commercial Business to Madison Dearborn Partners

Ikaria, Inc., a critical care company focused on developing and commercializing innovative therapies designed to address the significant needs of critically ill patients, announced today that its investor group and employee shareholders have reached a definitive agreement to sell the Commercial Business to Madison Dearborn Partners in a transaction valued at approximately $1.6 billion. [More]
Orenitram Extended-Release Tablets get FDA approval for pulmonary arterial hypertension treatment

Orenitram Extended-Release Tablets get FDA approval for pulmonary arterial hypertension treatment

United Therapeutics Corporation announced today that the United States Food and Drug Administration has approved Orenitram (treprostinil) Extended-Release Tablets for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension in WHO Group I patients to improve exercise capacity. [More]
6MWT wording change could enhance serial utility

6MWT wording change could enhance serial utility

Researchers have found that the distance patients cover during the 6-minute walk test depends on the instructions they are given, indicating that changing the current protocol may enhance the accuracy and reproducibility of the test. [More]
ATS and ACCP release five recommendations for tests, procedures in pulmonary medicine

ATS and ACCP release five recommendations for tests, procedures in pulmonary medicine

A list released today identified five commonly performed tests and procedures in pulmonary medicine that may not always be necessary. The list, part of the ABIM Foundation's Choosing Wisely® campaign, was produced by a collaborative task force assembled by the American Thoracic Society (ATS) and the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). [More]
New pulmonary medicine list includes five recommendations to improve patient care and outcomes

New pulmonary medicine list includes five recommendations to improve patient care and outcomes

A list released today identified five commonly performed tests and procedures in pulmonary medicine that may not always be necessary. The list, part of the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely campaign, was produced by a collaborative task force assembled by the American Thoracic Society and the American College of Chest Physicians. [More]