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A Better Path to Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

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At Axium Healthcare Pharmacy, Inc., we believe in a better quality of life for patients and their healthcare partners when treating and managing the most complex conditions such as Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Through the provision of specialty products combined with personalized guidance and support from clinical experts, our patients, providers and partners have the best chance of achieving successful therapy management. With information and a helping hand, we make the path to better healthcare a little easier to navigate for everyone.

Specialty Products + Personalized Guidance + Unmatched Expertise = Improved Outcomes

What is Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension?

Pulmonary hypertension is abnormally high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs. It makes the rightside of the heart work harder than normal.

Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is considered Group One of many types of pulmonaryhypertension. Within Group One there are several classifications of PAH:

  • Idiopathic (IPAH)
  • Heritable (HPAH)
  • Drug-and toxin-induced
  • Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN)
  • Associated with risk factors or conditions (APAH):
  • Connective tissue diseases
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection
  • Portal hypertension
  • Congenital heart disease (CHD)
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Chronic haemolytic anaemia

The right side of the heart pumps blood through the lungs, where it picks up oxygen. Then, the blood returns to the left side of the heart, where it is pumped to the whole body. When the small arteries (blood vessels) of the lung become narrowed, they cannot carry as much blood. When this happens, pressure builds up. This is called pulmonary hypertension. The heart needs to work harder to force the blood through the vessels against this pressure. Over time, this causes the right side of the heart to become larger.

What causes Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension?

There are several known causes for PAH:

  • Autoimmune diseases that damage the lungs, such as scleroderma and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Connective tissue diseases
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection
  • Portal hypertension
  • Congenital heart disease (CHD)
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Chronic haemolytic anaemia
  • Birth defects of the heart
  • Blood clots in the lung (pulmonary embolism)
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Heart valve disease
  • Low oxygen levels in the blood for a long time (chronic)
  • Lung disease, such as COPD or pulmonary fibrosis
  • Medicines (for example, certain diet drugs)
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

What about Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension treatment?

There is no known cure for pulmonary hypertension. The goal of treatment is to control symptoms and prevent more lung damage. It is important to treat medical disorders that cause pulmonary hypertension, such as obstructive sleep apnea, lung conditions, and heart valve disorders.

Many new treatment options for idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH), and other forms of pulmonary arterial hypertension, are becoming available.

How a specialty pharmacy can help?

Axium Healthcare Pharmacy’s programs set a clear path to caring, compassionate therapy management and support.

Through these programs, we are able to provide PAH patients, providers and partners with the necessary coordination of care vital to achieving successful treatment outcomes. By utilizing Axium’s expert patient care team comprised of Doctors of Pharmacy, registered pharmacists and nurses, reimbursement specialists and dedicated Patient Care Coordinators (PCCs), Axium is able to offer each and every patient and partner with high-quality, personalized care, ongoing patient evaluation and clinical support including frequent patient follow-up and continual education about their PAH treatment.

Simply stated, we are your helping hand. We’re with you every step of the way on the path to better healthcare.