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Patients with scleroderma require 'annual screening' for pulmonary arterial hypertension.

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Patients with scleroderma require 'annual screening' for pulmonary arterial hypertension.

 

Every patient with systemic sclerosis should be screened for pulmonary arterial hypertension every year, as early recognition, referral and aggressive treatment are necessary to improve long–term outcomes, according to Virginia Steen, MD. Healio Rheumatology, 05/22/2019. (Also see Pulmonary Hypertension Diagnosis)

 

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Hi Joelf, 

 

Is the echocardiogram the only measure of pulmonary hypertension?  Seems like that's pretty late in the game to detect it? 

 

Thanks, and this forum has already helped me enormously!  Nancy HG

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Hi Nancy,

 

Right heart catheterisation can also be used for detecting pulmonary hypertension and I've included a link to our medical page on Diagnosis of PAH to give you some more information.

 

Kind regards,


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