Pulmonary arterial hypertension: The key role of echocardiography

Eduardo Bossone, Bruno Dino Bodini, Alfredo Mazza, Luigi Allegra

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Abstract

Given the nonspecific nature of its early symptoms and signs, pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is often diagnosed in its advanced stages. Although clinical assessment is essential when initially evaluating patients with suspected PAH, echocardiography is a key screening tool in the diagnostic algorithm. It not only provides an estimate of pulmonary pressure at rest and during exercise, but it may also help to exclude any secondary causes of pulmonary hypertension, predict the prognosis, monitor the efficacy of specific therapeutic interventions, and detect the preclinical stage of the disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1836-1843
Number of pages8
JournalChest
Volume127
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2005

Keywords

  • Echocardiography
  • Exercise-induced pulmonary hypertension
  • Pulmonary hypertension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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