At the conclusion of this activity, learners will be able to:
1) recognize clinical conditions that can result in pulmonary hypertension
2) understand the importance of a methodological workup to elucidate the cause of pulmonary hypertension and guide management.
3) gain insight into specialized therapies that have been developed for the management of WHO group-1 pulmonary arterial hypertension.
Professional Practice Gap to be addressed: WHO group-1 pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a rare but devastating illness. Symptoms are non-specific and unfortunately patients are often misdiagnosed with another disorder. A delay in diagnosis and specialized therapies for PAH results in worse prognosis. Increased awareness of PAH is needed.
Overall goal: 1) understand that different clinical conditions can cause pulmonary hypertension (PH) and be able to perform initial workup of a patient suspected to have PH; 2) increase awareness of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).
Target audience: Physicians, mid-level providers