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How does atrial septostomy treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)?

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A surgeon makes an opening between the left and right sides of your heart to lower the pressure on one side. This procedure can have serious side effects, so doctors don’t often recommend it.

SOURCES:

Galiè, N.  , 2013. Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Medscape: “The Classification of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension,” “Primary Pulmonary Hypertension Treatment & Management.”

Mayo Clinic: “Pulmonary Hypertension.”

Pulmonary Hypertension Association: “Conventional Medical Therapies,” “Epoprostenol,” “Treatments.”

Heart : “Atrial septostomy for pulmonary arterial hypertension.”

Pulmonary Circulation : “Lung transplantation for pulmonary hypertension.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 02, 2019

SOURCES:

Galiè, N.  , 2013. Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Medscape: “The Classification of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension,” “Primary Pulmonary Hypertension Treatment & Management.”

Mayo Clinic: “Pulmonary Hypertension.”

Pulmonary Hypertension Association: “Conventional Medical Therapies,” “Epoprostenol,” “Treatments.”

Heart : “Atrial septostomy for pulmonary arterial hypertension.”

Pulmonary Circulation : “Lung transplantation for pulmonary hypertension.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 02, 2019

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