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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can pulmonary hypertension get better without treatment?

3 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Wright
Pulmonary Critical Care 44 years experience
No: Pulmonary hypertension can be idiopathic(unknown cause) or secondary(due to diseases such as blood clots, emphyema or pulmonary fibrosis). Generally speaking these are serious and potentially deadly illnesses that will not get better without specific treatments.
Dr. Frank Mayo
Pulmonary Critical Care 48 years experience
No: Classic pah is a progressive disorder. Any delay in treatment affects survival. Sadly the presenting symptoms are non specific. And require a high index of suspicion when evaluatin a pt with unexplained dyspnea.
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
No: Without treatment, the condition is life-threatening. There are many factors that influence survival such as age, sex, presence of heart failure, etc. Thus, it is best not to make a general statement about prognosis before a thorough evaluation. Some keys to survival are early diagnosis and treatment.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Could pulmonary hypertension get better with exercise?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Caution: If you have pulmonary hypertension, you might pass out with exercise. Exercise alone is not likely to improve pulmonary hypertension unless it is due to conditions such as obesity, arterial hypertension, or sleep apnea.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What are your treatment options for pulmonary hypertension?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tauseef Qureshi
Pulmonary Critical Care 14 years experience
Many: There are many different causes of pulmonary hypertension and various treatments. Surgery can be an option if it is due to clots in the pulmonary arteries. In addition, oral medications, inhaled medications, or continuous 24 hour medications can be given under the skin or into an IV line. Finally, lung transplant is an option if a patient qualifies and their pulmonary hypertension is progressing.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can children get pulmonary hypertension?

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Dr. Donald Elton
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Yes: Sometimes there are congenital cardiac defects that can cause pulmonary hypertension even in newborns. While rare, a pulmonary embolism can cause acquired pah in a child. Primary pah can occur in the teen years. Secondary pH can occur with lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis.

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