Pulmonary Vascular Disease

Pulmonary Vascular Disease

CHEST’s pulmonary vascular disease resources help guide clinicians in providing the highest-quality care for patients with these conditions. Access original research from the journal CHEST®, clinical practice guidelines, CHEST Physician articles, podcasts, video lectures, and educational courses and events.

CHEST Journal Highlights

Diagnosis and Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic: A Position Paper From the National PERT Consortium

By Rachel P. Rosovsky, MD, MPH; Charles Grodzin, MD; Richard Channick, MD; et al.; and the PERT Consortium
December 2020 Issue
The unique aspects of COVID-19 confound both the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary embolism, and therefore require modification of established algorithms. Important considerations include adjustment of diagnostic modalities, incorporation of the prothrombotic contribution of COVID-19, management of two critical cardiorespiratory illnesses in the same patient, and protecting patients and health-care workers while providing optimal care.

Mixed Venous Oxygen Saturation Is a Better Prognosticator Than Cardiac Index in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

By Ghaleb Khirfan, MD; Allaa Almoushref, MD; Tawfeq Naal, MD; et al.
December 2020 Issue
In this retrospective study, researchers assessed the correlation between mixed venous oxygen saturation and thermodilution cardiac index in patients with idiopathic and heritable pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Large Granular Lymphocyte Leukemia and Precapillary Pulmonary Hypertension

By Brieuc Cherel, MD; Marc Humbert, MD, PhD; Francis R. LeBlanc, MD; et al.
December 2020 Issue
Sporadic cases of pulmonary arterial hypertension have been reported in patients with large granular lymphocyte (LGL) leukemia. This article reports on a descriptive cohort of nine patients presenting with precapillary pulmonary hypertension and LGL leukemia.

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Inpatient Palliative Care Use in Patients With Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: Temporal Trends, Predictors, and Outcomes

Despite increase in palliative care use in PAH patients over time, there continues to be patient- and hospital-specific disparities in utilization.


Read the related article: Inpatient Palliative Care Use in Patients With Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension »

Upcoming Virtual Event

Comprehensive Review in Pulmonary Hypertension

Learn about current CHEST treatment guidelines for pulmonary vascular disease. Get tools to better diagnose and treat patients with pulmonary hypertension.

Chair: Namita Sood, MBBCh, FCCP
Dates: January 27, 2021, and February 3, 2021
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm CT

Register now »

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CHEST Pulse Podcast

Virchow’s Triad and the Perfect Storm: VTE in Patients With COVID-19

Ryan Maves, MD, FCCP, interviews authors of the “Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism in Patients With Coronavirus Disease 2019: CHEST Guideline and Expert Panel Report.”

Moderator: Ryan Maves, MD, FCCP
Panelists: Lisa Baumann Kreuziger, MD; David Jimenez, MD, PhD; Lisa K. Moores, MD, FCCP; and Tobias Tritschler, MD

Also available:

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Patient Information

The CHEST Foundation creates trusted patient education resources that empower patients to engage in better managing their health.

Navigating PAH: Patient Education Guide
PAH Infographic
PAH Myths Busted

e-Learning Courses

Gain access to pulmonary vascular disease e-learning materials with a subscription to CHEST’s e-Learning Library.

Managing the Patient with PAH: A Customized Approach

Review practical approaches to a number of common PAH management challenges and areas of continued and ongoing research.

CME Available: 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

InPHOCUS Pulmonary Hypertension Self-Study Module

This module focuses on effective pulmonary hypertension diagnosis, personalized assessment, and treatment with an emphasis on PAH and CTEPH.

CME Available: 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

Management of Acute Pulmonary Embolism: Pro/Con Debates

Learn how and when to utilize catheter-based therapy, oral anticoagulant agents, and thrombolytic therapy in patients with pulmonary embolism.

CME Available: 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

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Latest News From CHEST Physician

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COVID-19 & Pulmonary Vasculature—An Intriguing Relationship

By Humna Abid Memon, MD
Fellow-in-Training Member, Pulmonary Vascular Disease NetWork Steering Committee

Dr. Memon highlights recent literature on the complex and multifaceted relationship between COVID-19 and pulmonary vasculature, which may prove to be insightful for discovering potential therapeutic targets in COVID-19.

From the NetWorks

Jean Elwing, MD, FCCP

Jean Elwing, MD, FCCP
Chair, Pulmonary Vascular Disease NetWork

Get the latest updates from CHEST’s Pulmonary Vascular Disease NetWork.



State of Practice: Management Practice for Thromboprophylaxis in Acutely Ill Medical Patients

This report explores the results of a survey of pulmonologists and intensivists regarding their approach to ordering thromboprophylaxis in acutely ill medical patients for the purpose of reducing risk of venous thromboembolism.

Pulmonary Vascular Lecture

PAH Risk Assessment: Overview and Review of PVD NetWork Survey

Vijay Balasubramanian, MD, FCCP, Medical Director of Pulmonary Hypertension-Community Regional Medical Center at UCSF Fresno, and Jean Elwing, MD, FCCP, Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Program at the University of Cincinnati Health in Ohio, discuss the results of the Pulmonary Vascular Disease NetWork’s survey on how clinicians have implemented risk assessment tools to evaluate and monitor patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Pulmonary Vascular Disease Sessions at CHEST 2020

The annual meeting may be over, but the high-quality pulmonary vascular disease sessions are still available. CHEST 2020 registrants have continued access to live session recordings and all prerecorded material until January 2021. Watch sessions such as:

  • Diagnostics and Management of Pulmonary Hypertension: What NOT to Do…
  • After the Acute Pulmonary Embolism: What Now? A Case-based Discussion
  • Too Much of a Good Thing or Not Enough? Treating Scleroderma With ILD and PH: A Pro-Con Debate
  • The Crashing Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Patient: An Intensivist’s Nightmare



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