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Looking to the future: a new decade of pulmonary arterial hypertension therapy.
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PMID:  22130819     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a severe and debilitating disease characterised by vascular proliferation and remodelling of the small pulmonary arteries, leading to a progressive increase in pulmonary vascular resistance, increased afterload on the right ventricle and, ultimately, right heart failure. Although there is no "cure" for PAH, the availability of targeted therapies over the past decade has led to major advances in the management of PAH, reflected in improvements in survival in the modern treatment era. However, despite this, disease progression is inevitable in the majority of patients with PAH and overall the long-term prognosis, although improved, remains poor. There is a clear and urgent need for new therapeutic options, either through the development of improved drugs that act on targets established by existing PAH-specific therapies, or of agents targeting novel pathogenic pathways not addressed by currently available therapies. A number of such new agents that have shown promise in experimental models and preliminary human studies are discussed in this article.
V V McLaughlin
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European respiratory review : an official journal of the European Respiratory Society     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1600-0617     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur Respir Rev     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-12-01     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9111391     Medline TA:  Eur Respir Rev     Country:  Denmark    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  262-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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