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Date:2/21/2012

sease among persons with lung disease. Additionally, Dr. Budoff serves as Director of Cardiac CT at the Diagnostic and Wellness Imaging Center, an accredited center of excellence that serves as the exclusive cardiac imaging center for fire and police departments in Los Angeles County, and where experts in medicine come for their cardiac imaging.

Dr. Oudiz is a pioneer in the field of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), having received the 2011 Award for Excellence from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association for his dedication to find new ways to treat this often fatal disease. PAH is an increase in blood pressure in the pulmonary artery, pulmonary vein or pulmonary capillaries that can lead to shortness of breath, dizziness or fainting. It is a rare form of pulmonary hypertension (PH) that affects between 500-1,000 people each year - or 1 or 2 people out of one million people worldwide per year - most of whom are young women between the ages of 20 and 40.

Currently, Dr. Oudiz is a member of a steering committee for a study that is looking at a new heart failure drug made by Bayer, riociguat, that hopes to further improve symptoms beyond usual care. The study is designed to assess whether increasing oral doses of riociguat are safe and improve the well-being, symptoms, and outcome in patients with PH associated with heart failure due to left ventricular systolic dysfunction. He and his colleagues are also involved in another study of a drug for PH called prostacyclin, one of the most potent drugs for PH. This research is focused on finding a way for patients to take prostacyclin in an oral form, where currently prostacyclin is given via continuous infusion (injection) or inhalation.


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Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed)
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