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A 23-year-old female asked:

I'm 23 with pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure. the pills my lung doctor puts me on constantly makes me sick. could surgery help?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
No : I don't know of any operation other than heart-lung transplant that will help. Talk over the side effects with your doctor. There are several different medicines that can be used and sometimes, a medicine that's upsetting you can be adjused to a more tolerable dose.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 36 years experience
you want to check with at least one expert. Preferably more independent opinions. You are very young and expert evaluation and treatment are extremely important. This is high complexity decision making for all docs. Surgery may help and CTPA with V/Q scanning is probably very useful.
May 24, 2013
Dr. Charles Burger
Pulmonology 36 years experience
PAH: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah) is best treated medically, assuming your doctor has excluded chronic lung blood clots as a cause. The only surgery for group 1 pah is lung transplant which is reserved for patients who fail medical therapy. There are several drugs available for pah, perhaps there are other options. Please discuss with your doctor.
Dr. Ali Valika
Cardiology 20 years experience
Depends: There are no definitive surgical options for pulmonary hypertension. There are several option fors pulmonary vasodilator therapies , and if one is causing side effects, others can be tried. Lung transplant would only be an option if you have adequate right ventricular function.

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