Pulmonary hypertension in systemic lupus erythematosus: prevalence, predictors and diagnostic strategy.

@article{RuizIrastorza2013PulmonaryHI,
  title={Pulmonary hypertension in systemic lupus erythematosus: prevalence, predictors and diagnostic strategy.},
  author={Guillermo Ruiz-Irastorza and Maider Garmendia and I. Ferreros Villar and Mar{\'i}a Victoria Egurbide and Ciriaco Aguirre},
  journal={Autoimmunity reviews},
  year={2013},
  volume={12 3},
  pages={
          410-5
        }
}
OBJECTIVES To investigate the prevalence and predictors of pulmonary hypertension (PH) in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and to validate a diagnostic strategy. METHODS 245 patients with SLE entered a screening program. Possible PH was defined as two consecutive systolic pulmonary arterial pressure (PAP) values ≥ 40mmHg by echocardiography. The subsequent diagnostic procedure, including right heart catheterization if needed, confirmed or excluded the diagnosis of PH secondary… CONTINUE READING
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