What is included in supportive therapy for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)?

Updated: Apr 25, 2018
  • Author: Kristin E Schwab, MD; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Management of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is multifaceted and consists of supportive therapy as well as advanced vasodilatory therapy. Effective therapy should be instituted in the early stages, before irreversible changes in pulmonary vasculature occur.

Supportive therapy includes oxygen therapy, diuretics, digoxin, exercise, and anticoagulation. Decisions regarding starting each of these therapies should be made on a patient-by-patient basis in the appropriate clinical scenario. These therapies are not specific to PAH and are frequently used in all WHO groups of pulmonary hypertension.


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