Ultrasound to Diagnose Pulmonary Hypertension May Improve Outcomes for Stable Heart Failure Patients

 

July 3, 2012

July 3, 2012 — Researchers have announced the results of a study that highlights the importance of performing an echocardiogram to measure pulmonary artery systolic pressures in stable patients with congestive heart failure. A poster based on the study will be presented on Sunday, July 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the exhibit and poster hall during the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 23rd Annual Scientific Sessions. Investigators will be available in the hall from 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. The ASE Scientific Sessions will be held from June 27 through July 3, 2012, at the Gaylord National in National Harbor, MD.

The study, conducted by investigators from Emory University, led by Dr. Sarawut Siwamogsatham, found that, in stable outpatients with HF, pulmonary hypertension (defined as pulmonary artery systolic pressure greater than 45 mmHg) diagnosed by echocardiography is a strong predictor of higher risk of clinical events and higher hospitalization rates.

For more information: www.asecho.org