Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Paperback | July 24, 2010

byClive Handler, Gerry Coghlan

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Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a high blood pressure in the arteries that supply the lungs with blood. Patients with mild PAH, particularly young patients, may feel quite well and get breathless or tired only with vigorous exertion. Those with severe PAH may get breathless on minimalexertion and feel tired, exhausted and experience chest pain, forceful heart beats, dizzy turns, loss of appetite, and have swelling of the legs due to fluid retention. This book will help patients and their families understand what PAH is, and advise them on how to cope with their illness. In the UK patients with PAH are referred to one of the eight National Pulmonary Hypertension centres staffed by a team of specialist doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and otherstaff who are experienced and expert in managing all aspects of the condition. Currently, the drugs used to treat the condition can be prescribed only by these specialists. The book will explain what the illness is and how it is treated in a reassuring and understandable way.The book will also be of interest to GPs, nurses and other related healthcare professionals.

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Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a high blood pressure in the arteries that supply the lungs with blood. Patients with mild PAH, particularly young patients, may feel quite well and get breathless or tired only with vigorous exertion. Those with severe PAH may get breathless on minimalexertion and feel tired, exhausted and expe...

Dr Clive Handler BSc, MD, MRCP,FACC, FESC, is Consultant in Pulmonary Hypertension to The National Pulmonary Hypertension Unit at The Royal Free Hospital, London, Honorary Consultant Cardiologist to Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals, Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medicine at UCL Medical School, and Consultant Cardiologist at The Hospital o...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.68 inPublished:July 24, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199582920

ISBN - 13:9780199582921

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1. So you've been told you have Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH)2. The structure of the heart3. The oxygenation and circulation of blood4. Blood pressure5. Palpitation6. What is PAH?7. The difference between PH and PAH8. Your clinic appointments9. Tests for PAH10. Clinical trials and evidence based medicine11. Supportive treatments for PAH12. Targeted therapy13. When medication is not enough14. Living your lifeUseful contacts and PH specialist centres