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New Study Shows Long-Term Benefits for Patients with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Date:4/24/2009

Results of a recent two-year study show promising long-term survival benefits for patients living with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH), a progressive, life-threatening disease in which the small blood vessels in the lungs become scarred and narrowed causing the pressure in the pulmonary arteries to rise to dangerously high levels, putting a major strain on the heart.

Paris, FR (PRWEB) April 24, 2009 -- Results of a recent two-year study show promising long-term survival benefits for patients living with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH), a progressive, life-threatening disease in which the small blood vessels in the lungs become scarred and narrowed causing the pressure in the pulmonary arteries to rise to dangerously high levels, putting a major strain on the heart.

During the last decade, there has been an explosion of novel, targeted treatment options, which have shown to increase quality of life and exercise tolerance in individuals living with PAH; however, research of these new treatments has focused mainly on outcomes other than survival in shorter term three-to-12 month studies.

Data will be presented tomorrow (Saturday, April 25) during the morning plenary session (9:15am local time) at the International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) Annual Meeting at the Palais des Congres in Paris.

In tomorrow's ISHLT session, Professor Anne Keogh, Senior Transplant Cardiologist, St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, Australia, will discuss information specific to a study of longer-term effects of the oral treatment of Ambrisentan (ABS) in patients with PAH.

According to Professor Keogh, ABS doses of 5 mg or 10 mg per day were associated with 87 percent and 94 percent, respectively, two-year survival rates. Only one in five patients required additional drug therapy. Functional parameters and exercise tolerance were improved, and clinical wors
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