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Care of the Patient With Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Smith, Carol S. PhD, RN; York, Nancy L. PhD, RN; Kane, Christy J. PhD, RRT-NPS; Weitendorf, Frederick RPh, RN

doi: 10.1097/DCC.0000000000000140
Educational Dimension

Patients presenting with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), the rarest of the groups of pulmonary hypertension diagnoses, are infrequently seen in the critical care arena. However, when patients with PAH present in the intensive care unit, it is generally related to an exhaustion of treatments. This article focuses on the current state of the literature addressing the group designation, pathophysiology, symptom expression, and treatment modalities of the patient with PAH.

Carol S. Smith, PhD, RN, is assistant professor in Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky.

Nancy L. York, PhD, RN, is assistant dean of Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky.

Christy J. Kane, PhD, RRT-NPS, is associate professor in Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky.

Frederick Weitendorf, RPh, RN, is adjunct professor of pharmacology in Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Carol S. Smith, PhD, RN, Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Bellarmine University, 2001 Newburg Road, Louisville, KY 40205 (csmith@bellarmine.edu).

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