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Pulmonary Hypertension in Women: What Does the Cardiologist Need to Know?

  • Victor M. MolesEmail author
  • Vallerie V. McLaughlin
Women and Heart Disease (E. Jackson, Section Editor)
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Abstract

Purpose of Review

Our goal is to review the epidemiology, diagnosis, and management of PH focusing on how this condition affects women.

Recent Findings

PH is a broad term used to describe a group of medical conditions presenting with elevated pressures in the pulmonary circulation. A subgroup, PAH, is of great importance as many medical therapies have been developed and clinical outcomes have improved substantially when compared with historical data. PAH is more predominant in women and is an under recognized medical condition.

Summary

PAH is a progressive condition for which many medical therapies are now available. Further research is needed to evaluate the effects of PH-specific medications on other forms of PH.

Keywords

Pulmonary hypertension Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) Gender-specific pulmonary hypertension 

Notes

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Drs Moles and McLaughlin have no conflicts of interests.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by the author.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Internal MedicineUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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