Pulmonary Hypertension Common in Hemodialysis Patients

(RenalandUrologyNews.com) —

Pulmonary hypertension is common in hemodialysis (HD) patients and it is associated with an increased death risk, a study found.

In a study led by Rajiv Agarwal, MD, of the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, pulmonary hypertension was present in 110 (38%) of 288 HD patients, according to a report in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation (published online ahead of print). Dr. Agarwal defined pulmonary hypertension as an estimated systolic pulmonary artery pressure greater than 35 mm Hg using echocardiograms performed within an hour after the end of dialysis.


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