Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Virtual Meeting
Pulmonary hypertension is defined hemodynamically as either pre-capillary or post-capillary in etiology. Idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension is an example of pre-capillary pulmonary hypertension. This disease is a progressive condition that affects the precapillary pulmonary vasculature. In contrast, post-capillary pulmonary hypertension may be caused by diseases such as heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Understanding the differences in the clinical presentation, hemodynamic definitions, and diagnosis of pre-capillary and post-capillary pulmonary hypertension is critical to safely and effectively managing these patients. This program will discuss the assessment and diagnosis as well as management options for patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension and post-capillary pulmonary hypertension related to left heart disease.