The haemodynamic assessment of patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension

Stefano Ghio


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Right heart catheterization (RHC) has a crucial role in the management of patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH). Firstly, it is mandatory in subjects with the suspicion of PH to confirm the diagnosis. Secondly, it is strongly recommended in the follow-up of patients with confirmed pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) to evaluate drug efficacy and in case of clinical deterioration.

In order to always perform a complete and correct RHC, clinicians carrying out the examination must be guided not only by technical recommendations, but also by the accurate knowledge of the different clinical issues which have to be addressed in these different situations.

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