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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.
Researchers test a library of lipid-based compounds to enable safe delivery of RNA drugs to the lungs

Researchers test a library of lipid-based compounds to enable safe delivery of RNA drugs to the lungs

Researchers observe brain's responses to vagus nerve stimulation during sleep and wakefulness

Researchers observe brain's responses to vagus nerve stimulation during sleep and wakefulness

New measure of heart function could improve survival for people with heart failure

New measure of heart function could improve survival for people with heart failure

Discovery offers a potential new pathway to treat hypertension

Discovery offers a potential new pathway to treat hypertension

Researchers develop proof-of-concept treatment for blood disorders

Researchers develop proof-of-concept treatment for blood disorders

Decreasing activity of ZMPSTE24 protease with age and comorbidities may make elderly COVID-19 patients vulnerable

Decreasing activity of ZMPSTE24 protease with age and comorbidities may make elderly COVID-19 patients vulnerable

The effects of SARS-CoV-2 vaccination on pregnancy and birth

The effects of SARS-CoV-2 vaccination on pregnancy and birth

Pulmonary endarterectomy improves outcomes in patients with segmental disease

Pulmonary endarterectomy improves outcomes in patients with segmental disease

Atrial fenestration during atrioventricular septal defect repair is linked to higher mortality rate

Atrial fenestration during atrioventricular septal defect repair is linked to higher mortality rate

Study casts doubt on promotion of 'Heat not Burn' products as less harmful alternative to cigarettes

Study casts doubt on promotion of 'Heat not Burn' products as less harmful alternative to cigarettes

Algorithm accurately identifies pulmonary arterial hypertension in patients with scleroderma

Algorithm accurately identifies pulmonary arterial hypertension in patients with scleroderma

Toward a transformative therapy for sickle cell patients

Toward a transformative therapy for sickle cell patients

Cell surface marker CD47 may allow early diagnosis of severe COVID-19

Cell surface marker CD47 may allow early diagnosis of severe COVID-19

Early PDA closure may reduce adverse outcomes in premature babies

Early PDA closure may reduce adverse outcomes in premature babies

Study shows promising outcomes of new mitral valve replacement procedure in high-risk patients

Study shows promising outcomes of new mitral valve replacement procedure in high-risk patients

Pulmonary hypertension drug may become a treatment option for cancer

Pulmonary hypertension drug may become a treatment option for cancer

Study: Care from multidisciplinary cardio-obstetrics team may improve pregnancy outcomes

Study: Care from multidisciplinary cardio-obstetrics team may improve pregnancy outcomes

COVID-19 can cause sudden permanent hearing loss in rare cases

COVID-19 can cause sudden permanent hearing loss in rare cases

People born with a heart defect have low risk of moderate or severe COVID-19 infection

People born with a heart defect have low risk of moderate or severe COVID-19 infection

Virtual screening tool simplifies the process of diagnosing pulmonary hypertension

Virtual screening tool simplifies the process of diagnosing pulmonary hypertension