Updates on Opsumit and Adempas; New Treatments for PAH

April 16, 2014

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In October 2013 the FDA approved Opsumit (Macitnentan) and Adempas (Riociguat) to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension.  Adempas was the first medication approved to treat two kinds of pulmonary hypertension.  It can be used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension as well as chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. (more…)

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Pregnancy and Pulmonary Hypertension Part 2

April 2, 2014

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Pulmonary hypertension and pregnancy

The literature has described the risk of pregnancy to the mother as very severe in patients with advanced PAH.  Depending on how advanced the PAH, there may be a 50% to 80% chance of death.  For patients with much milder PAH, the risks are much lower but still substantial. (more…)

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Pregnancy and Pulmonary Hypertension Part 1

March 18, 2014

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There are many challenges in caring for patients with PAH.  We ask our patients to take many different medications to help treat their disease process and we ask them to put up with side effects from these medications.  We ask our patients to change their lifestyles and eating habits.  One of the greatest challenges is the issue of pregnancy. (more…)

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3 Awesome Resources for Caregivers of PH Patients

March 8, 2014

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PAH Caregiver

Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a terrifying and debilitating disease that affects not only patients but also their support systems and caregivers.  It can be overwhelming and stressful to try to step up and care for a loved one that has been diagnosed with PH or any chronic disease. (more…)

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