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Owing to the lack of a reliable, noninvasive method to measure pulmonary artery pressure, the diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension is difficult and uncertain. Perhaps this uncertainty engendered several recent reviews of the literature on pulmonary hypertension. Without explicitly stating so, the authors devote this review to the commonest form of pulmonary hypertension in humans at sea level, namely hypoxic pulmonary hypertension secondary to chronic obstructive lung disease. However, rather than concentrating on pulmonary hypertension, which is the physiologic disorder that distinguishes heart disease secondary to chronic lung disease from other forms of heart disease, the authors use the World Health
Cor Pulmonale in Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema.. Ann Intern Med. ;104:293. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-104-2-293_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;104(2):293.
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