Pulmonary Hypertension

by Rino Aldrighetti

In your role as a respiratory therapist, you may have already crossed paths with someone living with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). You may have encountered them in right heart failure in the intensive care unit, post-diagnosis as they learned to use an inhaled therapy, doing cardiopulmonary stress testing, managing home oxygen, participating in pulmonary rehabilitation, or undergoing a lung transplant. What is even more likely is that you have encountered PAH patients struggling with a misdiagnosis who did not yet know they had the disease. These individuals, many of whom have a diagnosis of asthma or COPD, may have been wondering for months or years why they continued to be symptomatic after being treated with medications.

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