Program Topic Choices
Suspecting Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) in the Dyspneic Patient: Who, When and How
Pulmonary hypertension (elevated right ventricular systolic pressure) is common, often caused by left heart disease but also associated with various lung diseases or idiopathic in origin. Pulmonary arterial hypertension, a less common but deadly form of PH, usually remains undiagnosed or misdiagnosed until the disease has progressed to an advanced stage. This case-based lecture, designed for primary care clinicians, identifies clinical clues for the presence of PH in dyspneic patients; presents keys to differentiating PAH from other more common forms of PH; and offers a practical paradigm for collaborative diagnosis and optimal long-term management of PAH. View listing of speakers
Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment of PAH: An Overview
Appropriate for front-line cardiovascular, pulmonary, rheumatology, and primary care clinicians, this comprehensive overview identifies key epidemiologic and pathophysiologic features of PAH; presents the current diagnostic algorithm, highlighting important tests and techniques; summarizes the clinical trial evidence base for approved therapies targeting 3 critical disease pathways; and offers state-of-the-art risk assessment and disease management strategies. View listing of speakers
Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment of PAH: The Allied Health Professional Perspective
Allied health professionals play important roles in comprehensive screening, diagnosis and long-term management of PAH. This lecture identifies specific points of care where nurses, pharmacists and respiratory therapists contribute, elucidates how current PAH guidelines apply and offers strategies that allow allied health professionals to optimize collaborative clinical care of patients with PAH. View listing of speakers
Integrating Guidelines and Clinical Trial Evidence Into Optimal Collaborative Care for Patients With PAH
Designed for clinicians who screen for or help manage the long-term care of patients with PAH, this presentation highlights key features of the diagnostic and therapeutic decision trees in the initial and long-term evaluation and management of PAH, identifying pivotal tests and assessing the clinical trial evidence base, as well as best practices for optimal collaborative care involving health care professionals on the front line and those at PAH referral centers. View listing of speakers
Pulmonary Hypertension in Patients With Connective Tissue Disease
Of particular value for clinicians who screen or care for patients with or at risk for connective tissue diseases (CTDs), this presentation outlines the epidemiology and prognostic significance of pulmonary hypertension in common CTDs, with a focus on systemic scleroderma and lupus; presents evidence supporting the urgent need for effective screening and early diagnosis of pulmonary complications in these patients; and offers practical strategies for comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of PAH in patients with CTDs. View listing of speakers
Chronic Thromboembolic PH (CTEPH): An Overview
Occurring as a result of non-resolved acute pulmonary embolism, the diagnosis of CTEPH is often missed or delayed. This lecture reviews the pathophysiology of CTEPH, describes appropriate workup and screening, instructs on optimal preoperative evaluation and postoperative care associated with thromboendarterectomy, and identifies specific measures that can be taken to optimize outcomes over the long-term. View listing of speakers
The Role of Cardiac Imaging in the Diagnosis and Long-term Management of PAH
Designed for cardiovascular and pulmonary specialists, this presentation reviews the current diagnostic workup for PAH; assesses the benefits and limitations of standard imaging tools such as basic echocardiography and vasodilator testing, as well as newer modalities such as magnetic resonance imaging; demonstrates the core value of right heart catheterization as the diagnostic gold standard; summarizes the benefits and limitations of basic treatment; and outlines the key features of an effective collaborative approach between front-line clinicians and those at referral centers. View listing of speakers
New Concepts and Clinical Controversies in PAH
Designed for cardiopulmonary specialists with extensive PAH experience, this presentation explores newer concepts and clinical controversies in the diagnosis and management of PAH, such as the role of various biomarkers and imaging techniques, the benefits and limitations of combination versus sequential therapy, the relative merits of early diagnosis and more aggressive management versus a more gradual approach, and the strengths and limitations of specific end points in clinical trials and practice. View listing of speakers
|Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc.
||Gilead Sciences, Inc.
||United Therapeutics Corporation
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