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  • A Cut Above the Rest: Coordinating Perioperative Care Between Anesthesiologists and the PH Team

    Course ID: 2736
    Course Author: Traci Housten
    Course Author: Todd Kolb

    As patients with pulmonary hypertension live longer and better, it is inevitable that more PH patients will choose to undergo elective procedures or require emergency surgical procedures. Any operative procedure will require the involvement of several hospital departments. Thoughtful communication and collaboration between Anesthesia staff and the PH Team is crucial to develop a safe and proactive perioperative plan for the PH patient.


  • A Selective TGFß Ligand Trap Attenuates Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

    Course ID: 2863




  • Avoiding Infusion Confusion: The Safe Use of Infused Prostacyclins

    Course ID: 2776
    Course Author: Laura Duvall
    Course Author: Rebekah Hanson

    Infused prostacyclins for the treatment of PAH require highly specialized training, have unique administration, dosing, and monitoring requirements and are only accessible through a restricted distribution process. Inappropriate management due to lack of experience or unfamiliarity with the drug, devices or supplies has resulted in unnecessary adverse events including death. The purpose of the session is to provide practical guidance for the safe-use of infused prostacyclins to provide recommendations for clinicians to minimize the associated risks and potential for serious complications with these medications.


  • Bariatric Surgery

    Course ID: 2770
    Course Author: Michael Mathier
    Course Author: Sean M. Studer

    Obesity is an important health issue in the United States and appears to have a significant impact on the disease course, as well as the response to therapy, in at least some patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Bariatric surgery represents a significant risk in patients with PAH; however, it may be a worthwhile consideration when non-surgical weight loss strategies and maximizing PAH therapies have not achieved treatment goals. This session will explore our limited understanding of the relationship between obesity and PAH and describe what the field has learned from previous cases of successful bariatric surgery in patients with PAH.


  • Battling the Blues: Depression and the PH Patient

    Course ID: 2737
    Course Author: Anthony McGuire

    Depression is an important comorbid condition that goes unrecognized in most patients with chronic disease. The physiologic effect of depression in the context of cardiovascular disease will be described along with how this may affect the pulmonary hypertension patient population. Simple screening techniques will be discussed along with the appropriate use of referrals once depression is discovered. Informal and formal depression treatment options will be presented.


  • CTEPH and CTED: Diseases that Hide in Plain Sight

    Course ID: 2830
    Course Author: Paul R. Forfia
    Course Author: Frances Rogers

    Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) and chronic thromboembolic disease (CTED) are chronic sequelae of venous thromboembolism. In both cases, partial or complete obstruction of the pulmonary circulation leads to a syndrome of varying degrees of elevation of pulmonary arterial impedence, right ventricular afterload mismatch, dead space ventilation and hypoxemia. This session will highlight the salient as well as the subtle clinical and physiologic manifestations of this spectrum of disease. Often, the diagnosis evades initial testing, however with awareness, sufficient clinical suspicion, and proper application of imaging and physiologic testing, the ‘hidden’ diagnosis is easily uncovered.


  • CTEPH: Surgical Versus Medical Patient

    Course ID: 2844
    Course Author: William Auger

    The identification of patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is essential as this is a potentially curable form of pulmonary hypertension. This course will highlight the rationale and recommendation for screening all pulmonary hypertensive patients for CTEPH, and will outline the evaluation algorithm for establishing the diagnosis. Working with an experienced PTE surgery center to ascertain whether or not the chronic thromboembolic disease is operable will be emphasized. For those patients with nonsurgical disease, the treatment options of balloon pulmonary angioplasty and pulmonary hypertension targeted medical therapy will be reviewed.


  • Cardiac MRI

    Course ID: 2593
    Course Author: Tracy Frech
    Course Author: Promporn Suksaranjit
    Course Author: John Ryan

    Cardiac MRI
    At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants should have a deeper understanding of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) through reviewing information provided by cardiac MRI that is helpful for PAH assessment, reviewing limitations of cardiac MRI, and reviewing potential applications of cardiac MRI for patients with systemic sclerosis.


  • Classification, Screening, and Diagnosis of PH

    Course ID: 2636
    Course Author: Murali Chakinala

    2014 Conference
    Review the latest classifications scheme for pulmonary hypertension, identify patient groups at increased risk for pulmonary arterial hypertension and the vital role of echocardiography, translate the non-invasive workup of PH patients into a pre-cath probability for PAH, emphasize the vital role of right heart catheterization in establishing a PAH diagnosis


  • Don't be in Denial: Insurance and Disability Issues

    Course ID: 2772
    Course Author: Maribeth Duncan
    Course Author: Sharon Jones

    Assisting PH patients to get expensive medications or assisting them with disability can be a daunting task. Denial of PAH medications and disability benefits are unfortunately inevitable for many patients, and knowledge and skill is needed to overcome these obstacles. Learn tips to avoid denials and how to successfully win appeals, in addition to other resources available to assist patients with insurance and disability challenges.


  • Etiologies of PH Across the World

    Course ID: 2809
    Course Author: Christopher Barnett
    Course Author: Ghazwan Butrous
    Course Author: Vinicio de Jesus Perez
    Course Author: Erik Swenson

    This session will focus on four common causes of PAH around the world. From a global perspective, schistosomiasis is the most common cause of PH, with HIV and chronic high-altitude exposure closely behind. Drug and toxin exposure, however, has been identified as a specific problem in the western world. This class will highlight the key features of these particular types of PH/PAH, review both established and emerging paradigms, and discuss their implications on a global platform.


  • Etiology, Diagnosis, and Management of RV Failure in PH

    Course ID: 2633
    Course Author: Raymond Benza

    2014 Conference
    Understand the difference in the physiology of the right and left and interventricular interdependence, learn how to identify RV failure and the basics of RV imaging, understand the basics of acute RV failure management, understand the concept of chronic right ventricle support


  • Every Breath Counts: When to Involve Palliative Care

    Course ID: 2829
    Course Author: Stephen Mathai
    Course Author: Allyson Rupp

    Palliative medicine is, by definition, a multidisciplinary approach to specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses.This session will provide an overview of palliative medicine, its benefits and limitations and how to incorporate a palliative care approach into the management of patients with PH.


  • Exercise Testing (Respiratory Therapy)

    Course ID: 2574
    Course Author: Abraham Babu

    Exercise testing plays a valuable role in evaluating a patient with pulmonary arterial hypertension, especially during the prognostic and diagnostic period. This course discusses cardio pulmonary testing, which is non-invasive and measures a patient’s cardiovascular and respiratory system when undergoing an exercise test. Cardiopulmonary stress tests, functional tests, as well as the administrative oversight needed to execute a successful exercise test will also be highlighted.


  • Filtering through the Facts: Portopulmonary Hypertension

    Course ID: 2774
    Course Author: Traci Stewart
    Course Author: Joel Wirth

    This session will focus on portal hypertension (PoPH) and complications common to this patient population. A review of PAH medications and precautions specific to PoPH patients will be discussed. Nursing strategies specific to caring for PoPH patients will be explored.


  • From Bench to Bedside: Which Novel Pathways are Most Likely to be Harnesses Therapeutically in the Next 25 Years?

    Course ID: 2814
    Course Author: Eric Austin




  • Imaging in PH: What Can A Picture Tell You?

    Course ID: 2817
    Course Author: John Ryan




  • Imaging in PH: What Can a Picture Tell You?

    Course ID: 2817
    Course Author: John Ryan




  • Immunosuppression in Connective Tissue Disease Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

    Course ID: 2596
    Course Author: Yon Sung
    Course Author: Lorinda Chung

    This webinar will describe how the pathology and pathophysiology of Connective Tissue Disease – pulmonary arterial hypertension differs from idiopathic PAH. It will also discuss the evidence for the use of immunosuppression in CTD – PAH.


  • Interesting and Challenging Cases in PH

    Course ID: 2823




  • Interesting and Challenging Cases in PH: Session 2

    Course ID: 2632
    Course Author: Roham Zamanian

    2014 Conference
    Discuss the impact of methamphetamine dependence and abuse on PAH therapy selection, review subtle presentations of inappropriate response to vasodilator therapies, discuss the interpretation of inappropriate therapy response and medical management in such scenario


  • Is It PAH or Not: Diagnostic Challenges

    Course ID: 2816
    Course Author: Ioana Preston




  • Keep Calm and Breathe On: Oxygen Use in PH

    Course ID: 2743
    Course Author: Tonya Zeiger




  • Making Sense of the Numbers: Understanding Complex PH through Advanced Hemodynamics

    Course ID: 2777
    Course Author: Lillian Hansen
    Course Author: Franz Rischard

    Right heart catheterization serves as a diagnostic tool in patients with pulmonary hypertension; however, its utility is not limited to diagnosis alone. Evaluation of hemodynamics is especially important in patients with complex pulmonary hypertension to understand etiology, response to therapy, and prognosis. In addition, full understanding of such patients’ hemodynamics relies upon utilizing other cardiopulmonary evaluation tools in conjunction with right heart catheterization. This topic serves to explore the challenges we all face in caring for patients with complex pulmonary hypertension and the various approaches available for hemodynamic evaluation and understanding of such patients.


  • Management of PH in the ICU

    Course ID: 2821
    Course Author: Yon Sung




  • PAH Coordinator Secrets for Obtaining PAH Therapies

    Course ID: 2631
    Course Author: Nancy Blair

    2014 Conference
    Complete the referral process for PAH therapies, utilize the intranet for obtaining therapies, understand patient assistance options, understand the appeal process when medications are denied.


  • PHD2 Deficiency in Endothelial Cells and Hematopoietic Cells Induces Obliterative Vascular Remodeling and Severe Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Recapitulating Clinical PAH

    Course ID: 2864




  • Panel Discussion: Enhancing Access to Drugs in Developing Countires, Challenges of Making Generic Drugs Available in Developing Countries

    Course ID: 2809
    Course Author: Ioana Preston




  • Practical Issues in PH Management: Focus on Patient and Caregiver Education

    Course ID: 2630
    Course Author: Deedre Boekweg

    2014 Conference
    Recognize the different levels in existing medical knowledge of patients and caregivers, outline teaching strategies to bridge the gap in knowledge of patients and caregivers, identify strategies to assess patient and caregiver comprehension of education.


  • Pulmonary Hypertension with Heart Failure: A Case Study

    Course ID: 2268
    Course Author: Dana McGlothlin

    Heart Failure
    Through this case study, participants will recognize and correctly diagnose PH due to left heart disease, describe the pathophysiology of PH related to left heart failure; and demonstrate evidence-based principles for treating PH related to left heart failure, including the efficacy and safety of selective pulmonary vasodilators in this condition.


  • Rethinking Pediatric PH-International Aspects

    Course ID: 2813




  • Salvage Therapies in the U.S. and Europe versus Everywhere else

    Course ID: 2812
    Course Author: Corey E. Ventetuolo




  • Squeeze, Squeeze, Squeeze: The Importance of Right Ventricular Function and PH

    Course ID: 2775
    Course Author: Javier Jimenez

    Symptoms and Survival in patients with Pulmonary Hypertension is closely related to right ventricular function and performance. The purpose of this session is to understand the pathophysiology of right ventricular dysfunction. Imaging assessment of the right heart in adults, with a focus on echocardiography techniques and management techniques targeting right ventricular heart therapy will be reviewed.


  • Symptomatic Treatment of Prostacyclin-Associated Neuropathic Leg Pain in Patients with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

    Course ID: 2231

    Through this course, participants will review symptomatic management, first-line and second-line agents, and how clinical treatment algorithms stem from them.


  • The ABC's of Teaching Adult Patients and Healthcare Professionals (Nursing Credit)

    Course ID: 2315
    Course Author: Jacqueline Brewer
    Course Author: Jennifer Priziola

    This course covers the fundamentals of teaching patients and healthcare professionals, methods and barriers to learning, and effective teaching techniques.


  • The ABC's of Teaching Adult Patients and Healthcare Professionals (Pharmacy Credit)

    Course ID: 2321
    Course Author: Jacqueline Brewer
    Course Author: Jennifer Priziola

    This course covers the fundamentals of teaching patients and healthcare professionals, methods and barriers to learning, and effective teaching techniques.


  • The ABC's of Teaching Adult Patients and Healthcare Professionals (Respiratory Therapist Credit)

    Course ID: 2283
    Course Author: Jacqueline Brewer
    Course Author: Jennifer Priziola

    This course covers the fundamentals of teaching patients and healthcare professionals, methods and barriers to learning, and effective teaching techniques.


  • The ABC's of Teaching Adult Patients and Healthcare Professionals (Social Worker Credit)

    Course ID: 2379
    Course Author: Jacqueline Brewer
    Course Author: Jennifer Priziola

    This course covers the fundamentals of teaching patients and healthcare professionals, methods and barriers to learning, and effective teaching techniques.


  • The Accreditation Journey: PHCC Site Visit

    Course ID: 2906




  • The Clinical Pathway to Early, Accurate PH Diagnosis

    Course ID: 2552
    Course Author: Bonnie Hudak
    Course Author: John Kingrey
    Course Author: Vinicio de Jesus Perez
    Course Author: Tim Lahm
    Course Author: David Poch

    This course aims to instruct physicians on the imperative role of early diagnosis in pulmonary hypertension through a series of clinical vignettes. Participants are tested on clinical knowledge of PH through topics that range from pediatric PH to chronic thromboembolic PH.


  • The Hole Story: When to Consider Atrial Septostomy in the Adult with PAH

    Course ID: 2733
    Course Author: Barbara Prendes
    Course Author: Mark Rumbak

    The treatment of right heart failure in PAH is crucial to quality of life and overall survival from this disease. Atrial septostomy [AS] is a procedure to create an interatrial communication to decompress the right ventricle and augment systemic blood flow. Some Adults with PAH and progressive symptoms maybe a candidate for AS for quality of life and symptom improvement.


  • The Longest Mile: Invasive Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing

    Course ID: 2741
    Course Author: David Systrom
    Course Author: Jeffrey Voner

    During this presentation, you will learn about the protocol, interpretation, barriers and benefits of this procedure. iCPET has a high success rate of identifying often elusive diagnoses of nonspecific symptoms, the most relevant to this conference being exercise-induced pulmonary hypertension (eiPH). Diagnosing PH in its intermediate stage (eiPH) through iCPET may improve patient outcomes through earlier treatment initiation. Unfortunately, iCPET is only provided by a few medical centers across the country.


  • Therapies for PAH: Transitions and Case Examples

    Course ID: 2820
    Course Author: Martha Kingman




  • To SNF or Not to SNF: PH Therapies in Extended Care Facilities

    Course ID: 2789
    Course Author: Jacqueline Brewer
    Course Author: Jennifer Priziola
    Course Author: Samuel Allen

    Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a chronic disease beset by complications that may necessitate prolonged hospitalizations followed by the need for rehabilitation. However, many extended care facilities are not trained or able to manage the treatments for pulmonary arterial hypertension. In this session, we will discuss opportunities for error to occur during transitions of care, how to overcome them, and most importantly how to avoid them.


  • Transplanting in the PAH Patient: Screening and Evaluation for Lung Transplant

    Course ID: 2825




  • Trials in Pediatric PH: Specific Concerns in Design and Endpoints

    Course ID: 2629
    Course Author: Dunbar Ivy

    2014 Conference
    Understand the difficulties in clinical trial design of PAH therapies in children, evaluate the challenges and opportunities in performance of the sildenafil trial in children, and identify potential strategies in performance of future clinical trials in children.


  • Update on Classification, Screening, and Diagnosis of PH

    Course ID: 2815
    Course Author: C. Gregory Elliott




  • Updated Algorithm of PAH Treatment: Phrontline News

    Course ID: 2818
    Course Author: Mardi Gomberg-Maitland




  • Variety is the Spice of Life: Combination Therapy for PAH

    Course ID: 2724
    Course Author: Martha Kingman
    Course Author: Steven Nathan

    In this session we will discuss expert consensus guidelines for the use of combination therapy in PAH. We will briefly review the combination therapy clinical trial data to date including results of the recent AMBITION trial. We will also discuss some drug-drug interactions between PH medications.


  • What Has Happened in the Last 25 Years: Global Perspectives/ 20 Years of Prostacyclins

    Course ID: 2807
    Course Author: Vallerie McLaughlin

    When the Pulmonary Hypertension Association was founded 25 years ago, treatment options for PAH patients were significantly limited. Though a small percentage of patients were eligible for calcium channel blockers, the average patient was treated with diuretics, digoxin, or warfarin. Modern therapies now address the three, well-characterized pathologic pathways. This session will provide a perspective on the treatment of PAH over the past 25 years.


  • What Have We Learned from Modern Worldwide Registries?

    Course ID: 2808
    Course Author: David Badesch