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Pulmonary heart disease — cardiologist’s point of view

Jerzy Lewczuk
Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2012;80(6):541-545.

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Vol 80, No 6 (2012)
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Published online: 2012-10-29
Submitted: 2013-02-22

Abstract

This paper presents cardiologist’s point of view on definition, diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary heart disease. Difficulties in interpretation of definition in clinical praxis and the role of medical history, physical examination, lung function tests, gasometry, chest X-ray and ECG in initial diagnosis of pulmonary heart disease are described. Author underlines the importance of echocardiographic study and pulmonary hemodynamics in confirmation of diagnosis and in differential diagnosis of “out of proportion” pulmonary hypertension. The current results of specific for pulmonary artery hypertension vasodilatory treatment in patients with pulmonary heart disease are discussed.

Abstract

This paper presents cardiologist’s point of view on definition, diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary heart disease. Difficulties in interpretation of definition in clinical praxis and the role of medical history, physical examination, lung function tests, gasometry, chest X-ray and ECG in initial diagnosis of pulmonary heart disease are described. Author underlines the importance of echocardiographic study and pulmonary hemodynamics in confirmation of diagnosis and in differential diagnosis of “out of proportion” pulmonary hypertension. The current results of specific for pulmonary artery hypertension vasodilatory treatment in patients with pulmonary heart disease are discussed.
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Keywords

pulmonary heart disease; definition; right heart echocardiography; pulmonary hemodynamics; therapy

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Title

Pulmonary heart disease — cardiologist’s point of view

Journal

Advances in Respiratory Medicine

Issue

Vol 80, No 6 (2012)

Pages

541-545

Published online

2012-10-29

Bibliographic record

Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2012;80(6):541-545.

Keywords

pulmonary heart disease
definition
right heart echocardiography
pulmonary hemodynamics
therapy

Authors

Jerzy Lewczuk

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