Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is an uncommon disease that causes high blood pressure in the lungs of the affected individual. It is a progressive disease that can result in reduced life expectancy, along with reduced quality of life and reproductive limitations. Diagnosis and treatment of this disease are critical to improve life expectancy among sufferers and improve quality of life. It is important that clinicians understand how to recognize the signs of symptoms of different PH groups and how each is treated, how to determine the level of severity of a patient's PH, and the clinician’s role in assessing and managing patients with PH in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Overview
What Is Pulmonary Hypertension?
Section 3: Pulmonary Hypertension Groups
Section 4: Treatment by Group
Section 5: Evaluation by Disease Severity
WHO Class I
WHO Class II
WHO Class III
WHO Class IV
Section 6: The Respiratory Therapist’s Role
Pulmonary Function Tests
Section 7: Ongoing Treatment
Management and Assessment
Section 8: Clinical Vignette
Section 9: Conclusion
Mrs. Sellon is a Registered Respiratory Therapist and Certified Asthma Educator who has worked with pulmonary hypertension patients at a PH Center of Excellence for the past 9 years, assisting patients with pre and post-transplant exercise and education, as well as general pulmonary rehabilitation and oxygen therapy support. Disclosure: Hope Sellon, BA, RRT, AE-C® has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Staff Writer: Kimberly Workman, MA
Ms. Workman is an Instructional Designer at Relias. She has a Master of Arts in Technology and Communication, as well as graduate certificates in Public Health, Epidemiology, and Digital Communications. Ms. Workman has a background in writing and designing online continuing medical education for physicians and other health professionals on multiple educational platforms, including web-based, game-based, and immersive learning environments. She has also used simulation training extensively to connect learning to real-world environments. Disclosure: Kimberly Workman, MA discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests: Relevant Financial Relationship with Relias LLC as a Salaried Employee Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a Contributor
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