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A diagnostic algorithm for pulmonary hypertension due to left heart disease in resource-limited settings: can busy clinicians adopt a simple, practical approach?


Dzudie, Anastase; Kengne, Andre Pascal; Lamont, Kim; Dzekem, Bonaventure Suiru; Aminde, Leopold Ndemnge; Abanda, Martin Hongieh; Thienemann, Friedrich; Sliwa, Karen (2019). A diagnostic algorithm for pulmonary hypertension due to left heart disease in resource-limited settings: can busy clinicians adopt a simple, practical approach? Cardiovascular Journal of Africa, 30(1):61-67.

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Pulmonary hypertension (PH) has progressively moved from an orphan disease to a significant global health problem with a major disease burden in limited7hyphen;resource countries, where over 97% of patients live. The aetiologies of PH differ between high- and low-income nations, but PH due to left heart disease is credited to be the most frequent contemporary form. Although a straightforward diagnosis of PH requires the use of right heart catheterisation (RHC), access to equipment for RHC is a deterrent. Furthermore, the risk associated with RHC limits its uptake to a selection of specialised centres. Moreover, the rigour and clinical reasoning for diagnosis in clinical medicine is rapidly changing and revealing that PH can complicate a diverse range of medical conditions needing other explorations. In this article, we provide for the busy clinician, a simplified diagnostic algorithm for PH that is relevant for making a correct early diagnosis and limiting the impact of PH.

Abstract

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) has progressively moved from an orphan disease to a significant global health problem with a major disease burden in limited7hyphen;resource countries, where over 97% of patients live. The aetiologies of PH differ between high- and low-income nations, but PH due to left heart disease is credited to be the most frequent contemporary form. Although a straightforward diagnosis of PH requires the use of right heart catheterisation (RHC), access to equipment for RHC is a deterrent. Furthermore, the risk associated with RHC limits its uptake to a selection of specialised centres. Moreover, the rigour and clinical reasoning for diagnosis in clinical medicine is rapidly changing and revealing that PH can complicate a diverse range of medical conditions needing other explorations. In this article, we provide for the busy clinician, a simplified diagnostic algorithm for PH that is relevant for making a correct early diagnosis and limiting the impact of PH.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic and Policlinic for Internal Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine, General Medicine
Language:English
Date:28 February 2019
Deposited On:23 Apr 2019 12:36
Last Modified:25 Sep 2019 00:33
Publisher:Clinics Cardive Pub.
ISSN:1015-9657
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.5830/cvja-2018-042
PubMed ID:30534850

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