Author Archives: Maureen Newman

Riociguat Provides Hope for Difficult-to-Treat PAH Patients

Some of the most difficult-to-treat patients with pulmonary hypertension are those with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). These patients are in the most severe category of pulmonary hypertension: World Health Organization (WHO) Group 4. CTEPH patients have curative potential if they have no resectable lesions or contraindications…

Telephone Monitoring Programs Improve CTEPH Diagnosis

Early detection of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is vital to addressing and potentially preventing the most common cause of severe pulmonary hypertension. A number of clinical diagnostic parameters have been studied and effectively practiced, but detection can extend beyond the doctor’s office. A study…

Rubella-Related PH Leads to Infant Mortalities

Pulmonary hypertension can be a devastating disease, especially when it impacts infants and children. A new study in Pediatrics from Nagasaki University and Nagasaki University Hospital in Japan and Khanh Hoa General Hospital and Health Service in Vietnam found high rates of mortality from pulmonary hypertension in…

Macitentan Treatment is Effective for PAH Patients

As new medications for pulmonary hypertension are approved and marketed, it is important to evaluate their efficacy, both absolutely and relative to tried-and-true products. Macitentan, marketed under the name Opsumit by Actelion, is approved to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension patients under the World Health Organization classification of…

Inhaled PDGF Inhibitor Prevents PAH Progression in Rats

Inhalation of a small molecule known as PK10453, formally known as (R-phenyl)pyrazin-R-methylnicotinamide, prevented pulmonary arterial hypertension progression in rats who were predisposed for developing pulmonary hypertension. Researchers under the leadership of Dr. Lawrence Zisman at Bassett Medical Center and other institutes in New York and Minnesota published their new…

New PAH-Related Hospitalization Study Released

Any newly-diagnosed pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) patient could probably testify to the hardships of having the disease, and new research provides concrete evidence of a substantial burden. More than half of these patients are hospitalized within three years of their diagnosis. Lead author Charles Burger, MD, from the Mayo…