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A 31-year-old member asked:

What can my family member do to live a longer life with pulmonary hypertension?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
Pulmonary HTN: It truly depends on the cause of pulmonary htn. If it is idiopathic (no clear cause) they should be referred to a pulmonologist (or cardiologist) that is comfortable treating it. The treatments are somewhat new and not all specialists are comfortable treating it.
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 28 years experience
PH Center: Your relative should be treated in a ph center. This field is changing very rapidly and there are new medications that your relative can be treated with.
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Living with PH: Pulmonary hypertension (ph) has a variety of causes and the life expectancy may depend on the cause. Your relative should speak to their physician regarding specific therapies for ph. General recommendations may include ph medications, diuretics, salt and fluid restriction, and oxygen if the blood oxygen levels are low. Bottom line, encourage your family member to work with their doctor.

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How long can people live for after a diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension?

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Dr. Howard Haft
Internal Medicine 48 years experience
Depends on severity: The survival for pulmonary hypertension depends on the cause and the severity. Primary pulmonary hypertension has some very potent treatments. Secondary pulmonary hypertension ( from heart disease, lung disease or other) depends on the severity of the underlying condition. You should connect with a specialist who has information about your particular condition for a better determination.
Last updated Aug 4, 2015

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