Journal article

Update on pharmacotherapy for pulmonary hypertension.

David L Prior, Heath Adams, Trevor J Williams

Med J Aust | Published : 2016

Abstract

Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a rare disease with a poor prognosis if not treated. Pharmacological treatment options for PAH have increased significantly over the past 10 years, with availability of intravenous, oral and inhaled drugs targeting the nitric oxide, endothelin and prostacyclin pathways. Treatment with these therapies in specialised pulmonary hypertension centres has resulted in reductions in patient symptoms, disease progression and mortality, and improved exercise capacity. Recognition of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension is important, as this cause of pulmonary hypertension may be amenable to surgical treatment. Several new oral drugs, including macitent..

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