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Non-invasive assessment of pulmonary hypertension: Doppler-echocardiography.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16753319     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a clinical condition characterised by elevated pulmonary artery pressure (PAP) and vascular resistances. At the onset of the disease, symptoms are frequently atypical so that PH diagnosis is usually made when the disease is advanced, which often is too late for efficacious treatment. As a consequence the prognosis is poor. Echo-Doppler evaluation allows: (a) an early identification of patients with PH, (b) to establish a patient's prognosis and (c) to evaluate a proper patient's follow-up. In patients with PH echocardiography provides information about right heart dimensions, pulmonary artery pressures, right ventricle systolic and diastolic function and left and right ventricle interdependence. Most importantly Echo-Doppler evaluation has became a major diagnostic tool for PH allowing evaluation of changes with time and with different treatments which are aimed at reducing pulmonary artery pressure and right heart dimensions and at improving right heart function.
Susanna Sciomer; Damiano Magrì; Roberto Badagliacca
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2006-04-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pulmonary pharmacology & therapeutics     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1094-5539     ISO Abbreviation:  Pulm Pharmacol Ther     Publication Date:  2007  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-11-27     Completed Date:  2007-07-17     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9715279     Medline TA:  Pulm Pharmacol Ther     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  135-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
Dipartimento di Scienze Cardiovascolari, Respiratorie e Morfologiche, Policlinico Umberto I, Università "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Echocardiography, Doppler / methods*
Hypertension, Pulmonary / diagnosis*,  physiopathology*
Pulmonary Circulation / physiology

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