Researchers believe that earlier diagnosis for pulmonary hypertension could be achieved by a simple blood test that checks the levels of PIM-1.
In addition to early diagnosis, researchers believe that they’ve unlocked the key to completely reversing pulmonary hypertension. Researchers found that they were able to completely reserve pulmonary hypertension by blocking the PIM-1 protein in patients. This finding is significant because it’s the first time that a therapy has been discovered which has the potential to completely reverse the condition. Dr. Bonnet, one of the study authors, called the finding “remarkable.”
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