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Addressing Barriers to Physical Exercise in Pulmonary Hypertension
Patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (PH) cite lack of energy, lack of self-discipline, and lack of interest as the primary barriers to increasing their levels of physical activity and exercise, according to study results published in Pulmonary Circulation. Investigators suggested additional research to determine causality and personalized regimens to address these barriers. This…
Addressing Barriers to Physical Exercise in Pulmonary Hypertension
Patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (PH) cite lack of energy, lack of self-discipline, and lack of interest as the primary barriers to increasing their levels of physical activity and exercise, according to study results published in Pulmonary Circulation. Investigators suggested additional research to determine causality and personalized regimens to address these barriers. This…
Charity 'Sunshine' Tillemann-Dick: Opera singer with transplanted lungs dies
Charity "Sunshine" Tillemann-Dick, a venerated American opera singer who survived two double lung transplants, has died at age 35. Tillemann-Dick was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension in 2004, forcing her to undergo two emergency lung transplants needed to save her life. Despite her illness Tillemann-Dick pursued a renowned career, performing her soprano work across the world.
A National Registry for Canadian PH Patients (Part 1)
For close to a decade, a special taskforce of Canadian PH medical professionals has been working behind-the-scenes on developing a National PH Registry for Canada. And now after testing it out at the Vancouver PH Clinic since January 2017, they have begun the process of recruiting clinics from across Canada to adopt the system.
This double-lung transplant survivor wants to see more financial support for N.L. recipients
A double-lung transplant survivor from Grand Falls-Windsor says the province needs to step up financial support for patients who are given no choice but to relocate to Toronto for the procedure. Wendy Woolridge, who received her transplant in 2016, says the cost of moving almost ruined her financially. While the province gives patients a $3,000 monthly allowance to pay for accommodations while they're in Toronto, she said it still wasn't en…
Congenital Heart Defects May Lead to PH, Other Complications Later in Life, Expert Says
Heart defects that develop before birth may lead to a variety of complications later in life, including pulmonary hypertension (PH), according to cardiologist Sanjay Gandhi, MD. However, he says, it is still not possible to predict if or when these complications will arise. Congenital heart defects (CHDs) occur when the heart or the blood vessels around it do not develop normally in the fetus. They are the most common type of birth defect, …
Budget 2019: Moving forward on implementing national pharmacare
KING CITY, ON, March 25, 2019 /CNW/ - Canadians are proud of their health care system, which provides care based on need and not the ability to pay. However, not everyone has access to affordable prescription drugs. In fact, Canadians face some of the highest drug costs in the world and drug coverage is uneven. Today, in King City, Ontario, the Honourable Minister Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, highlighted Budget 2019, Investing in the M…
Cell Therapies Show Potential as Treatment for PAH, Review Finds
Regenerative cell therapy can induce significant improvements in key clinical features of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in animal models, a review study shows. The study’s findings suggest that such treatment may represent a suitable approach to treat PAH in humans. Still, further testing is necessary to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of regenerative cell therapy. The review study findings were discussed in an article, titled “…
Routine Physical Exams Insufficient to Diagnose Pulmonary Hypertension
Normal physical examinations do not demonstrate sufficient diagnostic power for pulmonary hypertension (PH), according to a study published in CHEST. Physical examinations should not serve as a threshold for ruling out PH, although a high jugular venous pulsation, right ventricular heave, and peripheral edema suggest acute PH. This study included 116 participants being treated with right heart catheterization. Blinded examinations were perform…
Study Reveals Possible Reason for Women’s Higher Risk of PAH
Women’s pulmonary artery muscle cells produce more of a signal molecule called hypoxia-inducible factor 1-alpha (HIF1?), which may contribute to the higher prevalence of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in women compared to men, a study reports. The data also suggest that a component of the cell’s scaffold along with HIF1? may be potential targets to help treat PAH. The study, “Influence of 2?Methoxyestradiol and Sex on Hypoxia?Induced…
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