John Swiston, MD, MPH, FRCPC
Vancouver General Hospital and University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is characterized by elevated pressures in the pulmonary circulation and can arise from a number of conditions. Because the management strategies for PH depends on the underlying condition, it is important to accurately identify the cause of this disease in each patient. Recent years have seen a number of therapeutic advances in care of patients with PH. This presentation will review the current guidelines and recommendations for the diagnosis and management of pulmonary hypertension. New therapeutic strategies and treatments for pulmonary hypertension will also be discussed in the context of future directions in this field.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the current guidelines and recommendations  for the diagnosis and management of pulmonary hypertension
  • Understand new therapeutic strategies for pulmonary hypertension
  • Appreciate future directions in the care of patients with pulmonary hypertension

CanMEDS Roles Addressed: Communicator, Health Advocate, Medical Expert, Scholar