Pulmonary Hypertension: Identification and Management 

When: Thursday, September 23rd at 7:00pm  —  7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (PST)

Presenter: Sarah Zimmerman, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Program Description:

Pulmonary hypertension is a commonly encountered disease that is rarely considered when initially assessing a tachy-dyspneic patient.  This course will provide a general overview of the common causes of pulmonary hypertension, how to diagnose and treat pulmonary hypertension.  

Program Agenda:

  • Pathophysiology of pulmonary hypertension
  • Common causes of pulmonary hypertension                        
    • How does left heart disease result in pulmonary arterial hypertension
    • Further discussion of causes of pulmonary thromboembolism
    • Further discussion of pulmonary fibrosis
  • Diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension 
    • Radiographic findings
    • Echo findings
    • Cardiac catheterizaton
  • Treatment options for pulmonary hypertension
    • Sildenafil/Tadalafil
    • Pimobendan
    • Imatinib/Toceranib
    • L-arginine
    • Milrinone
    • Atrial window

Learning Objectives:

  1. The attendee will learn when to consider pulmonary hypertension as a differential diagnosis
  2. The attendee will learn the common causes of pulmonary hypertension
  3. The attendee will learn treatment options for pulmonary hypertension

This lecture has been submitted for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education.