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Low Blood Pressure Increases Risk of Death in Patients with Systemic Sclerosis-Associated Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Author: Lara C. Pullen, PhD
Date Published: July-2014
Source: The Rheumatologist

Patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) associated with systemic sclerosis (SSc-APAH) have a higher mortality rate than non-SSc-APAH patients with idiopathic disease as well as those with other connective tissue diseases (CTD-APAH). In a recent study, researchers pinpoint specific predictors that put patients with SSc-APAH at higher risk of death.


Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Treatment Guidelines: New Answers and Even More Questions

Author: Anna R. Hemnes, MD
Date Published: August-2014
Source: Chest

I vividly remember my first patient with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) during my internship in 1999. We admitted a young woman with pulmonary hypertension, clearly miserable from right-sided heart failure. Although she had been followed in our pulmonary hypertension clinic, there was little to offer her until she clearly required the only medication that was known to be efficacious in patients with PAH at that time: IV epoprostenol.1 Within a few days of starting therapy, she was a new person: walking through the hall, heart failure resolved, and ready to go home to her family.


Should I Refer to a Rheumatologist? Early Warning Signs of Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases

Author: ACR
Date Published: July-2014
Source: ACR Simple Tasks

Over 11 million Americans suffer from inflammatory rheumatic diseases, and that number jumps to over 50 million when you include osteoarthritis. With numbers this large, prioritizing referrals can become difficult. Signs of a rheumatic disease can be symptomatic of different disorders and can be difficult to identify. To help you prioritize your referrals, here are some red flags to watch out for:


CHEST Releases Updated Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Guidelines

Date Published: June-2014
Source: CHEST

The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) has published new guidelines for the management of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). The guidelines contain 79 recommendations and expert consensus statements to aid clinicians in the management of PAH using the latest drug therapies for adults with the condition, according to an article published online in the journal CHEST.

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