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The role of exercise testing in the management of pulmonary arterial hypertension.
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PMID:  16121314     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The assessment of exercise capacity is of critical importance in the evaluation and management of patients with moderate to severe pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). The practicing clinician uses various exercise modalities in evaluating and managing patients with PAH. These include the 6-minute walk test (6MW), cardiopulmonary exercise testing, and exercise echocardiography. The change in exercise capacity appears to parallel other clinical indicators of disease severity, such as survival, hemodynamics, and time to clinical worsening. Exercise testing can aid the clinician in outlining the nature of a patient's exercise limitation, noninvasively assessing disease severity, establishing prognosis, and evaluating the response to therapy. Additional work must be done to validate the utility of measuring exercise capacity in patients with less severe PAH.
Ronald J Oudiz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Seminars in respiratory and critical care medicine     Volume:  26     ISSN:  1069-3424     ISO Abbreviation:  Semin Respir Crit Care Med     Publication Date:  2005 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-08-25     Completed Date:  2006-01-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9431858     Medline TA:  Semin Respir Crit Care Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  379-84     Citation Subset:  IM    
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90502, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Exercise Test / methods*
Exercise Tolerance / physiology
Hypertension, Pulmonary / physiopathology*,  ultrasonography

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