Author Archives: Maureen Newman

New Overview Underscores Recent Progress in PAH Treatments

To date, twelve therapies have been approved to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Of these, three were approved last year, indicating significant progress in understanding and treating PAH. These advancements were greatly needed, as according to the recent publication of “Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: Progress and Challenges in…

An Update on Scleroderma-Related PAH

While it is commonly accepted that patients with scleroderma are at a higher risk for contracting pulmonary hypertension, the field has progressed immensely since the first hypothesis was tested in the laboratory. “Recent Advances in Scleroderma-associated Pulmonary Hypertension,” published in…

PH Patient Hemodynamics Unaffected By Noninvasive Ventilation

A recent study conducted in Brazil suggests noninvasive positive pressure ventilation (CPAP) does not contribute to ventilation-related complications in pulmonary hypertension patients. These results are encouraging, as there had been previous reports demonstrating that mechanical ventilation of patients with pulmonary hypertension results in unfavorable hemodynamic effects. Until this study,”…

Pulmonary Hypertension Can Complicate Treatment in the ICU

When admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU), chances are high that the patient has an existing condition in addition to the affliction causing their admittance to the ICU. It is vital that these existing conditions be considered by clinicians when developing a course of treatment, as many times…

Noninvasive Doppler Detects Pulmonary Hypertension

Patients who show signs of pulmonary hypertension are reliably diagnosed non-invasively at the doctor’s office using Doppler echocardiography, a form of ultrasound. A group of researchers at the University of Heidelberg in Germany conducted a study of 1695 patients and determined that Doppler echocardiography reliably assessed systolic pulmonary artery…

RAGE Pathway Involved in CTEPH and iPAH Provides New Therapeutic Targets

New insights into the molecular mechanisms of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) and idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (iPAH) generally lead to new avenues of research for treatments that may work better than existing treatments or open the doors for previously untreatable patients. Work from Medical University Vienna in Austria,…