Referrals for pulmonary hypertension rise by 21% in five years, audit finds

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 12 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i891
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

The number of new referrals of patients with pulmonary hypertension has increased by 21% in the past five years, figures from a UK national audit have shown.

The National Audit of Pulmonary Hypertension1 collects information on clinical practice, epidemiology, and clinical outcomes from the United Kingdom’s eight specialised pulmonary hypertension centres. It aims to improve the planning of services and care for patients with pulmonary hypertension—a rare heart and lung condition defined by a mean pulmonary arterial pressure of 25 mm Hg or higher …

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