Patients with sickle cell disease underwent ECG with assessment of tricuspid valve regurgitant jet velocity (TRJV) to screen for pulmonary hypertension, followed by right heart catheterization if the TRJV was 2.5 m per second or more. Prevalence was 27% on the basis of ECG criteria but only 6% on the basis of catheterization. In several studies, pulmonary hypertension, particularly pulmonary arterial hypertension, has been reported as a frequent complication of sickle cell disease. 1 – 4 Pulmonary arterial hypertension is characterized by the presence of precapillary pulmonary hypertension in the absence of left-sided heart disease, lung disease, or chronic thromboembolism. On histopathological analysis, pulmonary arterial hypertension is characterized by the proliferation of medial smooth-muscle cells and endothelial cells in the small pulmonary arteries. 5 Pulmonary arterial hypertension may be idiopathic, heritable, or associated with other disorders, such as connective tissue diseases and congenital heart disease. 6 In the updated classification of pulmonary hypertension, sickle cell disease appears . . .
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is relatively common in connective tissue diseases. However, few studies have focused on the pulmonary hypertension (PH) associated with polymyositis (PM). Our aim is to investigate the prevalence of PH and determine the associated factors for PH in patients with PM. Multicenter study of 61 patients with PM underwent evaluation including general information, physical examination, laboratory indictors, thoracic high-resolution CT (HRCT) imaging, and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). TTE was performed to estimate the pulmonary arterial pressure. PH was defined as resting systolic pulmonary artery pressure (sPAP) ≥40 mmHg. PH was identified in ten patients (16.39 %) who had few cardiopulmonary symptoms. PM patients with PH had higher prevalence of interstitial lung disease (ILD) and pericardial effusion (PE) compared with patients without PH (18 vs. 11.5 %, p = 0.005; 11.5 vs. 9.8 %, p = 0.004; respectively). After controlling for age, gender, and potential factors, ILD and PE were independently associated with PH in patients with PM in multivariate analysis (OR = 8.193, 95 % CI 1.241–54.084, p = 0.029; OR = 8.265, 95 % CI 1.298–52.084, p = 0.025; respectively). Depending on TTE, the possible prevalence of PH was 16.39 % in patients with PM. Both ILD and PE may contribute to the development of PH in PM.
Background Pulmonary hypertension (PHT) lacks community prevalence and outcome data. Objective To characterise minimum ‘indicative’ prevalences and mortality data for all forms of PHT in a selected population with an elevated estimated pulmonary artery systolic pressure (ePASP) on echocardiography. Design Observational cohort study. Setting Residents of Armadale and the surrounding region in Western Australia (population 165 450) referred to our unit for transthoracic echocardiography between January 2003 and December 2009. Results Overall, 10 314 individuals (6.2% of the surrounding population) had 15 633 echo studies performed. Of these, 3320 patients (32%) had insufficient TR to ePASP and 936 individuals (9.1%, 95% CI 8.6% to 9.7%) had PHT, defined as, ePASP>40 mm Hg. The minimum ‘indicative’ prevalence for all forms of PHT is 326 cases/100 000 inhabitants of the local population, with left heart disease-associated PHT being the commonest cause (250 cases/100 000). 15 cases of pulmonary arterial hypertension/100 000 inhabitants were identified and an additional 144 individuals (15%) with no identified cause for their PHT. The mean time to death for those with ePASP >40 mm Hg, calculated from the first recorded ePASP, was 4.1 years (95% CI 3.9 to 4.3). PHT increased mortality whatever the underlying cause, but patients with PHT from left heart disease had the worst prognosis and those with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension receiving disease-specific treatment the best prognosis. Risk of death increased with PHT severity: severe pulmonary hypertension shortened the lifespan by an average of 1.1 years compared with mild pulmonary hypertension. Conclusions In this cohort, PHT was common and deadly. Left heart disease was the most common cause and had the worst prognosis and treated pulmonary arterial hypertension had the best prognosis.
Background A subset of patients with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) develops pulmonary hypertension (PH) by mechanisms including pulmonary arterial hypertension, high flow, and elevated pulmonary arterial wedge pressure (PAWP). We aimed to describe echocardiographic and hemodynamic characteristics of patients with coexisting HHT and PH. Methods We conducted a single-center cohort study of patients with confirmed HHT who underwent right-sided heart catheterization (RHC) and transthoracic two-dimensional echocardiography for suspected PH between June 1, 2003 and September 1, 2013 at Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota. Results Of 38 patients with confirmed HHT who underwent RHC and echocardiography, 28 (74%) had a mean pulmonary artery pressure (MPAP) ≥ 25 mm Hg. Of those 28, 12 (43%) had pulmonary arterial hypertension. Two patients had normal PAWP and pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR), with PH secondary to either an atrial septal defect or high cardiac flow. Fourteen patients (50%) had elevated PAWP (≥ 15 mm Hg), nine with evidence of high flow. RHC in all 28 patients demonstrated a MPAP of 41 ± 11 mm Hg, PAWP of 17 ± 10 mm Hg, and PVR of 4.5 ± 4.2 Wood units. Echocardiography demonstrated moderate/severe right ventricular dysfunction in nine patients (32%). The presence of PH trended toward worse survival ( P = .06). Conclusions PH in patients with HHT occurs by different mechanisms, and there is a trend toward worse survival in patients who develop PH despite the mechanism. The equal predilection toward all subtypes of PH illustrates the necessity of RHC to clarify the hemodynamics.
POEMS syndrome is a rare clonal plasma cell disease. Patients with POEMS syndrome are at risk of developing pulmonary hypertension, but the data on its incidence and impact on outcome are limited. We reviewed retards of 154 POEMS syndrome patients with complete duplex echocardiography data for estimation of pulmonary artery systolic pressure (sPAP) at the time of diagnosis. Forty-two (27%) of 154 patients with pulmonary hypertension (estimated sPAP >= 50mmHg) were identified. Median age was 46 years (range 31-71 years). Patients with pulmonary hypertension were more likely to have peripheral edema (P=0.04), ascites (P=0.02), pleural effusion (P=0.005), and have longer time from onset to diagnosis (P=0.004) when compared with those without pulmonary hypertension. Restrictive abnormalities and decreased diffusion capacity of carbon monoxide were observed in 83% and 96% patients with pulmonary hypertension, compared with 50% and 72% in patients without pulmonary hypertension, respectively. Reversibility of pulmonary hypertension was observed after treatment of POEMS syndrome. After median follow of 32 months, survival of patients with pulmonary hypertension was worse than those without (median overall survival 54 months vs. median not reached, P=0.021). In conclusion, pulmonary hypertension is a common feature of POEMS syndrome, and is associated with signs of extravascular volume overload. Although active treatment of POEMS syndrome can reverse pulmonary hypertension, survival of these patients is worse than those without pulmonary hypertension.
To determine the impact on survival and clinical correlates of pulmonary hypertension (PH) occurring in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Retrospective study. Tertiary care, referral medical center. Among 487 consecutive patients with IPF, we identified 136 patients who underwent transthoracic echocardiography within 3 months of their initial evaluation at our institution. Patients with left ventricular dysfunction, valvular heart disease, incomplete follow-up, and those in whom pulmonary artery pressures could not be assessed were excluded; the remaining 88 patients were included in this study. Correlations were performed between echocardiographic measures of PH and clinical variables including survival. The mean (± SD) estimated systolic pulmonary artery pressure (SPAP) for the 88 patients was 48 ± 16 mm Hg (range, 28 to 116 mm Hg). Among pulmonary function parameters, SPAP correlated best with diffusing capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide (Dlco), to which it was inversely related. For survival analysis, patients were stratified into three groups: ≤ 35 mm Hg (14 patients), 36 to 50 mm Hg (47 patients), and > 50 mm Hg (27 patients). Using the Kaplan-Meier method, the median survival rates for these three groups were 4.8 years, 4.1 years, and 0.7 years, respectively. Those patients with SPAP > 50 mm Hg had significantly worse survival compared to other subgroups (p = 0.009). In patients with IPF, PH correlates inversely with Dlco and has a significant adverse impact on survival, particularly when SPAP is > 50 mm Hg.
Abstract Background Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a common and morbid complication of left heart disease with 2 subtypes: isolated post-capillary pulmonary hypertension (Ipc-PH) and combined post-capillary and pre-capillary pulmonary hypertension (Cpc-PH). Little is known about the clinical or physiological characteristics that distinguish these 2 subphenotypes or if Cpc-PH shares molecular similarities to pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Objectives The goal of this study was to test the hypothesis that the hemodynamic and genetic profile of Cpc-PH would more closely resemble PAH than Ipc-PH. Methods Vanderbilt University’s electronic medical record linked to a DNA biorepository was used to extract demographic characteristics, clinical data, invasive hemodynamic data, echocardiography, and vital status for all patients referred for right heart catheterization between 1998 and 2014. Shared genetic variants between PAH and Cpc-PH compared with Ipc-PH were identified by using pre-existing single-nucleotide polymorphism data. Results A total of 2,817 patients with PH (13% Cpc-PH, 52% Ipc-PH, and 20% PAH) were identified. Patients with Cpc-PH were on average 6 years younger, with more severe pulmonary vascular disease than patients with Ipc-PH, despite similar comorbidities and prevalence, severity, and chronicity of left heart disease. After adjusting for relevant covariates, the risk of death was similar between the Cpc-PH and Ipc-PH groups (hazard ratio: 1.14; 95% confidence interval: 0.96 to 1.35; p = 0.15) when defined according to diastolic pressure gradient. We identified 75 shared exonic single-nucleotide polymorphisms between Cpc-PH and PAH enriched in pathways involving cell structure, extracellular matrix, and immune function. These genes are expressed, on average, 32% higher in lungs relative to other tissues. Conclusions Patients with Cpc-PH develop pulmonary vascular disease similar to patients with PAH, despite younger age and similar prevalence of obesity, diabetes mellitus, and left heart disease compared with patients with Ipc-PH. An exploratory genetic analysis in Cpc-PH identified genes and biological pathways in the lung known to contribute to PAH pathophysiology, suggesting that Cpc-PH may be a distinct and highly morbid PH subphenotype.