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Question : I am a Pulmonary Hypertension Patient, being treated by CARE Hospitals, Hyd., since 2003 year.

In Details : What is it actually? Is there anything developed to cure / reduce this decease? What is your suggestion ? I want Second opinion? Thank You

1630 days ago       1 Answer(s)

Pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure in the arteries leading from the heart to the lungs. Pulmonary hypertension is a different condition than ordinary high blood pressure The main symptom of pulmonary hypertension is shortness of breath with exertion. The shortness of breath usually starts slowly and gets worse over time. Often, a person notices he or she can`t perform the same activity as before.

Other symptoms of pulmonary hypertension can include:
Chest pain
Fatigue
Lethargy
Passing out suddenly
Swelling of the legs

Conventional Medical Therapies

Blood thinners (anticoagulants) could help people with chronic blood clots in the lungs causing pulmonary hypertension.

Calcium Channel Blockers (CCB) – Help decrease blood pressure (Only appropriate for a small minority of patients demonstrating a favorable response to vasodilator testing at the time of heart catheterization.)
Digoxin – Assists the pumping of the heart
Diuretics – Rids excess fluid that puts pressure on the heart
Oxygen – Inhaled by patients via a nasal cannula or face mask

Oral Treatment Options
Endothelin Receptor Antagonists (ERAs) help prevent blood vessels from narrowing.
Phosphodiesterase Inhibitors (PDE 5 Inhibitors) allow the lungs to produce more of its own natural vasodilators.

Inhaled Treatment Options
Inhaled Treatment Options, such as prostacyclins, relieve shortness of breath. Also Inhaled oxygen can improve shortness of breath in some people. Oxygen can also help people live longer with pulmonary hypertension that`s caused by chronic lung disease.

Intravenous Treatment Options
Intravenous Treatment Options open up the blood vessels and help ease symptoms of PH, including chest pain and shortness of breath.

Subcutaneous Treatment Options
Subcutaneous Treatment Options are delivered through a portable infusion pump to open up the blood vessels and ease the symptoms of PH.

Lung Transplantation
Lung Transplantation might be appropriate for some patients. An organ donor`s lungs and pulmonary arteries are transplanted into someone with severe pulmonary
hypertension.

Exercise
Exercise may be the best treatment for pulmonary hypertension. Regular exercise reduces shortness of breath and allows people with pulmonary hypertension to be more active.

We understand that this is a long term treatment. Although there`s not a cure, treatments can extend life and reduce the symptoms of primary pulmonary hypertension. So you have to be under treatment for long term
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