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Rev Pneumol Clin. 2002 Apr;58(2):104-10.

[Pulmonary hypertension and obesity].

[Article in French]

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Service de Pneumologie et Réanimation Respiratoire, Centre des Maladies Vasculaires Pulmonaires, UPRES EA 2705, Hôpital Antoine-Béclère (AP-HP), Université Paris-Sud, 157, rue de la Porte-de-Trivaux, 92140 Clamart.


Obesity is a morbid condition with hemodynamic consequences affecting the systemic and pulmonary circulations leading to a risk of pulmonary hypertension. Data in the literature do not argue in favor of a direct relationship between pulmonary hypertension and obesity. These two conditions appear to be two distinct entities, the different co-morbidities observed in obesity favoring pulmonary hypertension. Certain co-morbidities, for instance use of anorexic agents, exhibit a clear relationship with pulmonary hypertension. There is also a possible relationship with left ventricular failure, hypoxemia, and other respiratory disorders (including obstructive sleep apnea), hypothyroidism, and thomboembolism.

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