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Pulmonary arterial hypertension 

Pulmonary arterial hypertension
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Pulmonary arterial hypertension
Author(s):

Myung H. Park

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198734871.003.0022
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date: 18 September 2019

The past decade has witnessed unprecedented advances in the field of pulmonary arterial hypertension. An unparalleled increase in understanding of the mechanisms and pathology of the disease in recent years, coupled with increasing awareness and concerted efforts to diagnose the disease through a systematic approach, has led to important developments. Despite this progress pulmonary arterial hypertension remains a devastatingly progressive disease with high morbidity and mortality, and many challenges remain in this field. This chapter explores the history, classification, epidemiology, and pathophysiology of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension before discussing clinical presentation and diagnosis in depth. It concludes with detail on assessing prognosis and response to therapy.

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