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Pulmonary Hypertension: From an Orphan Disease to a Public Health Problem

Marc Humbert, MD, PhD; Nikolai Khaltaev, MD; Jean Bousquet, MD, PhD; Rogério Souza, MD, PhD
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Affiliations: Clamart, France,  Geneva, Switzerland,  Montpellier, France,  Sau Paulo, Brazil

Correspondence to: Marc Humbert, MD, PhD, Centre National de Référence de l’Hypertension Artérielle Pulmonaire, Hôpital Antoine Béclère, 157 rue de la Porte de Trivaux, 92140 Clamart, France; e-mail: marc.humbert@abc.aphp.fr



Chest. 2007;132(2):365-367. doi:10.1378/chest.07-0903
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World health is generally improving, with fewer people dying from infectious diseases, and therefore chronic diseases are more prevalent.1 In that context, the burden of chronic respiratory diseases is increasing, and conditions such as asthma and COPD are clear public health priorities worldwide.1 Less known diseases such as pulmonary hypertension also contribute to the global burden of chronic respiratory diseases, although this condition is still poorly recognized in many patients.12

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