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Pulmonary arterial hypertension

Leeper, Barbara MN, RN-BC, CNS M-S, CCRN, FAHA; Powell, Brook BSN, RN, CCRN

doi: 10.1097/01.CCN.0000554829.05209.ca
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Abstract: Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a rare and progressive disease associated with high pulmonary vascular pressures leading to right ventricular failure and death. The exact incidence is unknown. This article provides a broad overview of the disease, including pathophysiology, risk factors, management guidelines, and pharmacologic therapies. Nursing considerations are discussed, with an emphasis on the continuum of care.

Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a rare and progressive disease that leads to right ventricular failure and death. This article examines the pathophysiology, risk factors, management guidelines, pharmacologic therapies, and nursing considerations associated with this disease.

Barbara Leeper is a clinical nurse specialist, cardiovascular services at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, Tex.

Brook Powell is a professional development educator, cardiovascular services at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, Tex.

The authors have disclosed no financial relationships related to this article.

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