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Assessing response to therapy in idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension: A consensus survey of Canadian pulmonary hypertension physicians

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Pulsus Group Inc
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Abstract

Advances in the field of pulmonary hypertension have led to the emergence of several treatment options for patients with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension aimed at slowing disease progression and improving quality of life. These advances, however, have progressed more rapidly than our understanding of how to use these novel therapies clinically. Although there are no current therapy guidelines or evidence-based recommendations directing therapy, clinicians must make many decisions as to when and how to re-evaluate patients after treatment initiation, to define an adequate response and to plan ongoing management. This survey-based study assessed the attitudes of Canadian physicians caring for patients with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension, and aimed to generate a consensus opinion regarding the methods of reassessment and therapeutic goals after treatment initiation.

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