Timed Response to Inhaled Nitric Oxide in Pulmonary Hypertension

PVRI Member Authors: David Badesch, Todd Bull

Introduction

Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a progressive, debilitating, and frequently terminal disease of the pulmonary vasculature.1 Over the past 20 years, the introduction of medications including calcium channel blockers (CCBs), phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors (PDE5i), endothelin receptor antagonists (ERA), and prostacyclin therapies have significantly improved the treatment and prognosis of PAH.2 Despite these advancements, however, many patients continue to suffer unacceptably high morbidity and mortality.3 In light of this fact, it is notable that a subset (~5%–10%) of patients with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH) can respond to oral CCBs and have a significantly improved prognosis.4

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Topics

Nitric Oxide and Nitric Oxide Synthase
Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Authors

James M. Hunt, Michael G. Risbano, John C. Messenger, John Carroll, David Badesch, Brian D. Lowes, Ivan P. Casserly, Joseph Kay, Todd M. Bull

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Pulmonary Circulation Vol 4: No 1 cover image

March 2014

Pulmonary Circulation Vol 4: No 1

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