Multispecialty pulmonary hypertension clinic in the VA

PVRI Member Authors: Dr. Matthew Jankowich, Gaurav Choudhary


Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is often associated with cardiopulmonary co-morbidities, especially in older adults. A multispecialty approach to suspected PH is recommended, but there are few data on adherence to guidelines or outcomes in such patients. This was a single-center retrospective study of consecutively evaluated Veteran patients with suspected PH evaluated in a multispecialty PH clinic at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center, evaluating clinical characteristics, workup outcomes, and prognosis. The referral population (n = 125) was older (mean ± SD age = 73.6 ± 9.8 years) with frequent co-morbidities (e.g. COPD 60%) and obesity (mean ± SD BMI = 32.8 ± 8.1 kg/m2). Of 94 patients undergoing right heart catheterization (RHC), 73 (78%) had confirmed PH (mean pulmonary artery pressure ≥ 25 mmHg). PH was associated with higher BMIs (odds ratio [95% CI] for PH per 1 unit increase = 1.10 [1.02–1.19]) and brachial pulse pressures (odds ratio per 1 mmHg increase = 1.07 [1.02–1.13]). Seventy out of 73 were classifiable by WHO PH groupings. Most patients underwent guideline-recommended PH evaluation.  . . . .

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Pulmonary Circulation Vol 7: No 4 cover image

December 2017

Pulmonary Circulation Vol 7: No 4

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