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New guidance on managing pulmonary hypertension in the community

Considerable delays in diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary hypertension are having a ‘tremendous’ psychological, emotional, and social impact on patients and their families, according to new guidance announced at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress. 

Considerable delays in diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary hypertension are having a ‘tremendous’ psychological, emotional, and social impact on patients and their families, according to new guidance announced at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress. Pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure in the lung circulation and affects almost 10% of individuals over 65 years of age. It is a severe condition associated with substantially reduced life expectancy, if not successfully treated. The guidelines from the ESC and European Respiratory Society (ERS) recommend earlier detection of pulmonary hypertension in the community and expedited referral of high-risk or complex patients. Patients

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