Effects of prostacyclin on the pulmonary vascular tone and cardiac contractility of patients with pulmonary hypertension secondary to end-stage heart failure.

Abstract

Long-term administration of prostacyclin (PGI2) improves the hemodynamic state, symptoms, and survival in patients with primary pulmonary hypertension, but it increases mortality in patients with heart failure despite obvious hemodynamic benefits when it is given acutely. We evaluated the mechanisms of action of PGI2 in patients with heart failure and… (More)

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