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Intern Med J. 2013 Mar;43(3):323-7. doi: 10.1111/imj.12075.

Audit of the aetiology and prevalence of pulmonary hypertension in a tertiary hospital setting.

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  • 1Cardiovascular Unit, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.


Appropriate diagnosis and initiation of disease-specific treatment is an important therapeutic goal in idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension. We evaluated the prevalence and aetiology of moderate-to-severe pulmonary hypertension in a cohort of patients referred for inpatient echocardiography, with significant pulmonary hypertension documented in 4.6%. Pulmonary hypertension complicating left heart disease was the most common aetiology, with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension less frequent.

© 2013 The Authors; Internal Medicine Journal © 2013 Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

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