Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

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OUP Oxford, Jun 24, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 144 pages
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Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a high blood pressure in the arteries that supply the lungs with blood. Patients with mild PAH, particularly young patients, may feel quite well and get breathless or tired only with vigorous exertion. Those with severe PAH may get breathless on minimal exertion and feel tired, exhausted and experience chest pain, forceful heart beats, dizzy turns, loss of appetite, and have swelling of the legs due to fluid retention. This book will help patients and their families understand what PAH is, and advise them on how to cope with their illness. In the UK patients with PAH are referred to one of the eight National Pulmonary Hypertension centres staffed by a team of specialist doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other staff who are experienced and expert in managing all aspects of the condition. Currently, the drugs used to treat the condition can be prescribed only by these specialists. The book will explain what the illness is and how it is treated in a reassuring and understandable way. The book will also be of interest to GPs, nurses and other related healthcare professionals.

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Dr Clive Handler BSc, MD, MRCP, FACC, FESC, is Consultant in Pulmonary Hypertension to The National Pulmonary Hypertension Unit at The Royal Free Hospital, London, Honorary Consultant Cardiologist to Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals, Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medicine at UCL Medical School, and Consultant Cardiologist at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth, and Highgate Hospitals, London. He was previously Consultant Cardiologist at Northwick Park and St Mary's Hospitals, London. He trained at Guy's Hospital Medical School and at St Luke's Hospital, Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin. Dr Gerry Coghlan MD, FRCP, is Consultant Cardiologist and Director of the National Pulmonary Hypertension Unit at the Royal Free Hospital. He trained in Dublin and at Harefield and the Royal Free Hospitals. He is an international authority on Pulmonary Hypertension and has wide interests in all aspects of the management of coronary heart disease and angioplasty. He has written several books with Dr Clive Handler as well as scientific papers on pulmonary hypertension and other aspects of cardiology.

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