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Protein May Provide Early Detection and Reversal Treatment for Pulmonary Hypertension

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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.”

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (2010, October 25). Gene therapy can reverse pulmonary hypertension, study suggests. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 5, 2010, from http://www.sciencedaily.com¬ /releases/2010/10/101024122345.htm

Pulmonary Hypertension, The Mayo Clinic, 09 Feb 2010, http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pulmonary-hypertension/DS00430

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