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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.
Noninvasive measure has prognostic value in PAH

Noninvasive measure has prognostic value in PAH

Estimated right atrial pressure, measured using echocardiography, may be a useful prognostic indicator in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension, a study suggests. [More]
Targeted treatments may improve idiopathic PAH survival

Targeted treatments may improve idiopathic PAH survival

Patients with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension may live longer if they are given targeted treatments than if they receive conventional management, researchers suggest. [More]

Noninvasive diagnosis ‘reliable’ for pulmonary hypertension diagnosis

Doppler echocardiography has good accuracy relative to right heart catheterisation for detecting pulmonary hypertension, shows a large study. [More]
Cardiac arrhythmias pose risk in pulmonary hypertension patients

Cardiac arrhythmias pose risk in pulmonary hypertension patients

Supraventricular arrhythmias are common and usually cause clinical deterioration in patients with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension, a study shows. [More]
New potential therapeutic targets for treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension

New potential therapeutic targets for treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension

Two new potential therapeutic targets for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension, a deadly disease marked by high blood pressure in the lungs, have been identified by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. [More]
New UCLA study finds that oxidized lipids may also contribute to pulmonary hypertension

New UCLA study finds that oxidized lipids may also contribute to pulmonary hypertension

Oxidized lipids are known to play a key role in inflaming blood vessels and hardening arteries, which causes diseases like atherosclerosis. A new study at UCLA demonstrates that they may also contribute to pulmonary hypertension, a serious lung disease that narrows the small blood vessels in the lungs. [More]
Speckle tracking data shows promise in right ventricular assessment

Speckle tracking data shows promise in right ventricular assessment

Patients with pulmonary hypertension have reduced right ventricular strain and more dyssynchronous ventricles than healthy individuals, show results of a three-dimensional speckle tracking study. [More]
Paediatric PAH treatment goals identified

Paediatric PAH treatment goals identified

Researchers from the Netherlands have identified three baseline variables that may qualify as treatment goals in children with pulmonary arterial hypertension. [More]
Mortality predictors REVEALed for PAH in systemic sclerosis

Mortality predictors REVEALed for PAH in systemic sclerosis

Elderly men and patients with low baseline systolic blood pressure are among those at a particularly high risk of death from pulmonary arterial hypertension associated with systemic sclerosis, a US study has found. [More]
Phase 3 ASPIRE clinical trial meets primary endpoint of progression-free survival

Phase 3 ASPIRE clinical trial meets primary endpoint of progression-free survival

Amgen and its subsidiary, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., today announced that a planned interim analysis demonstrated that the Phase 3 clinical trial ASPIRE (CArfilzomib, Lenalidomide, and DexamethaSone versus Lenalidomide and Dexamethasone for the treatment of PatIents with Relapsed Multiple MyEloma) met its primary endpoint of progression-free survival (PFS). [More]
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

Pulmonary arterial hypertension affects just over 3% of individuals with congenital heart disease, reveal nationwide data from the Netherlands. [More]

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]