What is included in the long-term monitoring of patients with 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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Once a diagnosis of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) has been made, patients should be evaluated at regular intervals by a PAH specialist. Medical assessment including 6-minute walk distance (6MWD) testing should be performed at least twice a year to assess for a decline in functional status. [22] Transthoracic echocardiography is often performed on at least an annual basis as well, with right-sided heart catheterization undertaken for patients who have a change in clinical status.


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