Pharmacological Management of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Author(s): Beatrice Adams, PharmD, BCPS, Kevin T. Ferguson, PharmD, BCPS

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Pharmacology Hours 1.00

Expires Dec 01, 2018

Topics: Pharmacology, Pulmonary

Population: Adult

Role: APRN

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a complex disorder that was first described in a case report as “pulmonary vascular sclerosis” in 1891 by German internist Dr Ernst von Romberg. 1 Without treatment, it is a progressive, fatal disease that is characterized by elevated pulmonary arterial pressure and secondary right ventricular failure. According to the most recent evidence from a national French registry, the prevalence of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is about 15 cases per 1 million adult inhabitants with an incidence of 2.4 cases per 1 million adult inhabitants. 2 According to a registry that evaluates early and long-term PAH disease management, the prevalence of PAH in the United States is 12.4 cases per million and the incidence is 2.3 cases per million. 3 Unfortunately, not all cases of PAH are reported to the registries, so both the prevalence and incidence data are considered low estimates.


  • Understand the classification of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).
  • Identify the drugs used to treat pulmonary hypertension (PH).
  • Recognize adverse effects of drugs used to treat PH.

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