Importance of Annual Screenings
Take charge of your health with yearly PAH screening. Because you can develop PAH at any time with a scleroderma diagnosis, experts* recommend annual screening.1-4
*Recommendations for annual PAH screening of people with systemic sclerosis are included in the 2015 European Society of Cardiology/European Respiratory Society Guidelines, proceedings from the 6th World Symposium of Pulmonary Hypertension, and results of a consensus survey of experts in the field of PAH and scleroderma.
Types of Screening Tests
There are a few tests that your doctor can use to check if you might have PAH associated with scleroderma. These tests may be affected by PAH.5
Pulmonary function tests
Breathing tests that measure how much air your lungs can hold, how well they move air, and how well they supply your body with oxygen
Markers in your blood that may show whether your heart is working properly
An ultrasound of the heart to show how well your heart is beating and pumping blood. It helps your doctor get a picture of your whole heart, including the right chambers
These screening tests can show if you might have PAH. In order to confirm a PAH diagnosis, a test called right heart catheterization is required. Your doctor may order a right heart catheterization if other tests suggest you might have PAH.2,5,6
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