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LA BioMed's Dr. Ronald Oudiz impacting lives of those with pulmonary hypertension
Date:10/31/2011

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 31, 2011) Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) 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. While the numbers may not seem significant, the disease itself has been a paradox for physician-researchers since in many cases, the causes of PAH remain unknown.

As the month of November kicks off PH Awareness Month, Dr. Ronald Oudiz lead investigator at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed) hopes to bring greater awareness to this disorder that has affected the lives of so many. Dr. Oudiz is a pioneer in this field, having received the 2011 Award for Excellence earlier this year 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. At its worst, PAH can be a severe disease with a markedly decreased exercise tolerance and can lead to heart failure and death. Most recently, Dr. Oudiz applied the concept of cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) as a way to noninvasively measure physiologic changes at rest and during exercise that are reflective in abnormalities of PAH, heart failure, and various lung diseases. He is one of the first physician-researchers to apply this concept to PAH patients.

"Pulmonary hypertension is still considered a rare disease, impacting less than 200,000 people worldwide," said Dr. Oudiz. "Over the last decade, however, there have been significant advances in diagnosing and treating patients both through exercise and with the proper medication, and it is my goal to not only increase awareness but also to improve the lives of patients diagnosed with PAH."

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Contact: Diana Soltesz
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818-592-6747
Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed)
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