ABOUT THIS BOOK
- Includes Key Point boxes at the start of each chapter to quickly summarise important concepts covered in the text
- Includes invaluable Resource Section with contact information for patient self-help/support groups and details of the specialist PAH centres in the UK
- Uses simple accessible language suitable for the layperson and general healthcare professional
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a high blood pressure in the arteries that supply the lungs with blood. Patients with mild PAH, particularly young patients, may feel quite well and get breathless or tired only with vigorous exertion. Those with severe PAH may get breathless on minimal exertion and feel tired, exhausted and experience chest pain, forceful heart beats, dizzy turns, loss of appetite, and have swelling of the legs due to fluid retention.
This book will help patients and their families understand what PAH is, and advise them on how to cope with their illness. In the UK patients with PAH are referred to one of the eight National Pulmonary Hypertension centres staffed by a team of specialist doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other staff who are experienced and expert in managing all aspects of the condition. Currently, the drugs used to treat the condition can be prescribed only by these specialists. The book will explain what the illness is and how it is treated in a reassuring and understandable way.
The book will also be of interest to GPs, nurses and other related healthcare professionals.
Readership: Patients and their families, GPs, nurses and associated healthcare professionals
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1: So you've been told you have Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH)
2: The structure of the heart
3: The oxygenation and circulation of blood
4: Blood pressure
6: What is PAH?
7: The difference between PH and PAH
8: Your clinic appointments
9: Tests for PAH
10: Clinical trials and evidence based medicine
11: Supportive treatments for PAH
12: Targeted therapy
13: When medication is not enough
14: Living your life
Useful contacts and PH specialist centres
Clive Handler, Consultant in Pulmonary Hypertension, Royal Free Hospital, London, and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Department of Medicine, University College London Medical School, and Gerry Coghlan, Consultant Cardiologist and Director, National Pulmonary Hypertension Unit, Royal Free Hospital, London