Overview

Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) has many unique causes, and can lead to significant consequences if not identified early and treated appropriately. This case will help you recognize possible cases of PAH and apply appropriate diagnostic tests to facilitate treatment before PAH progression. In addition, the application of guidelines for treatment initiation and monitoring of PAH patients will be outlined. Finally, the importance of referral to and collaboration with a high-volume center with expertise in PAH will be stressed. 

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of PAH and better utilize guideline-based algorithms and tools to diagnose, stage, and set treatment goals for each patient 
  • Select, administer, and sequence pharmacologic therapies, and monitor disease progression, side effects, and comorbidities in patients with PAH, in accordance with evolving consensus guidelines and recommended treatment algorithms
  • Appropriately refer patients with PAH for advanced care and engage in multidisciplinary collaboration with other healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients with PAH 


Faculty Disclosures

Ronald J. Oudiz, MD, FACP, FACC, FCCP

Speaker’s Bureaus for Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd; Bayer; Gilead Sciences Medical Affairs; and United Therapeutics Corporation. Advisory Boards for Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd; Bayer; Gilead Sciences Medical Affairs; Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; SteadyMed Therapeutics, Inc.; and United Therapeutics Corporation. Contracted Research for Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd; Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Eiger BioPharmaceuticals; Gilead Sciences Medical Affairs; Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; and United Therapeutics Corporation. 

Disclosures

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

CME Information

CME

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

Accreditation Statement

pmiCME is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Designation Statement

pmiCME designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME

AANP

Accreditation Statement

pmiCME is approved as a provider of nurse practitioner continuing education by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. AANP Provider number 040308. This activity was planned in accordance with AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies.


Designation Statement

This program has been approved for 0.52 contact hour of continuing education, which includes 0.15 hour of pharmacology.

Instructions for Obtaining Credit

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Commercial Supporter

Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc.

Education Partner

pmiCME


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