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Pulmonary hypertension: a review for nurses.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18450193     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a progressive disease resulting from increased pulmonary vasoconstriction, vascular remodelling and thrombosis, leading to right heart failure. Symptoms at clinical presentation are often vague and difficult to differentiate from other diseases. A good history and identification of key physical findings will facilitate earlier diagnosis resulting in tailored treatment to alleviate symptoms and improve outcomes. This article will provide an overview of PH including pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic testing, and treatment modalities with a Canadian perspective. The main focus is directed towards the care of patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Implications for nursing will also be discussed, focusing on education and support of patients and families.
Authors:
Gillian Yates; Kelly Saunders
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Canadian journal of cardiovascular nursing = Journal canadien en soins infirmiers cardio-vasculaires     Volume:  18     ISSN:  0843-6096     ISO Abbreviation:  Can J Cardiovasc Nurs     Publication Date:  2008  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-05-02     Completed Date:  2008-06-17     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8913645     Medline TA:  Can J Cardiovasc Nurs     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  7-14     Citation Subset:  N    
Affiliation:
Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Room 6249-1796 Summer St., Halifax. Gillian.yates@cdha.nshealth.ca
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Humans
Hypertension, Pulmonary* / diagnosis,  nursing,  physiopathology,  therapy

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