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Using cardiac magnetic resonance, the presence of myocardial delayed contrast enhancement (DCE) has been described in the ventricular septum at the level of the right ventricular insertion points in patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH). The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence, extent, and correlates of this finding. Septal DCE was(More)
PURPOSE To retrospectively identify pulmonary arterial (PA) flow parameters measured with phase-contrast magnetic resonance (MR) imaging that allow noninvasive diagnosis of chronic PA hypertension (PAH). MATERIALS AND METHODS The study was HIPAA compliant and was approved by the institutional review board; a waiver of informed consent was obtained.(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE To differentiate the clinical, radiographic, and physiologic profile in patients with sarcoidosis with and without pulmonary hypertension. DESIGN Retrospective survey. SETTING Tertiary care center. PATIENTS One hundred six patients with sarcoidosis were classified by two-dimensional echocardiography into two groups: group 1, 54(More)
Primary pulmonary hypertension is a rare disease of the pulmonary vasculature manifested by dyspnea on exertion, syncope, and signs and symptoms of right heart failure. In the absence of adequate treatment, primary pulmonary hypertension has a grave prognosis, with a median survival of 2.8 years. Pulmonary arterial hypertension develops in association with(More)
PURPOSE To retrospectively evaluate the accuracy and reproducibility of the cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) imaging-derived left ventricular septal-to-free wall curvature ratio for prediction of the right ventricular systolic pressure (RVSP) in patients clinically known to have or suspected of having pulmonary hypertension (PH), with same-day right-side(More)
A retrospective analysis of 23 patients was undertaken to evaluate the outcome of pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) in patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH) over a preceding 6-year time frame. Chart review and data analyses were undertaken evaluating pulmonary arterial hypertension pharmacotherapy versus the same therapy with the addition of PR. Analysis(More)
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) due to chronic respiratory disease and/or hypoxia is classified as World Health Organization (WHO) Group III pulmonary hypertension. The patients most commonly encountered in clinical practice with group III PH include those with chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), diffuse parenchymal lung disease, and sleep-disordered(More)
Nitroglycerin and dipyridamole are two commonly available and well tolerated vasoactive medications. Their acute hemodynamic effects in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension are not well defined in the current literature. The authors retrospectively analyzed the acute hemodynamic effects of IV nitroglycerin, dipyridamole, and epoprostenol in 59(More)
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is characterized by progressive increases in pulmonary vascular resistance, leading to right heart failure and death. Guidelines recommend customization of treatment, necessitating the development of effective strategies for transitioning patients among treatments. In this study, we characterized our experience with(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of exercise-induced pulmonary hypertension (EIPH) in consecutive subjects referred for stress echocardiography for chest pain or shortness of breath and correlate echocardiographic diagnosis of EIPH with hemodynamics at right heart catheterization (RHC). BACKGROUND Elevated pulmonary(More)