Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Aerobic exercise-related attenuation of arterial pulmonary hypertension: A right arrow targets the disease?

Aerobic exercise-related attenuation of arterial pulmonary hypertension: A right arrow targets the disease?

Vascul Pharmacol. 2016 Oct 5;:

Authors: Madonna R, De Caterina R, Geng YJ


Characterized by progressive elevation of mean pulmonary artery pressure and pulmonary vascular resistance, pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is an important health problem that contributes to right heart failure. Pulmonary arterial remodeling and constriction are two prominent features of PAH. It is a traditional view that increasing pulmonary blood flow and pressure, aerobic exercise does more harm than good to the pulmonary vasculature in PAH. However, recent studies have documented a potential benefit of low-intensity aerobic exercise for PAH patients. Here the current mini-review outlines the evidence and challenges for this additional tool in our armamentarium to combat this ominous disease.

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