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Are There Good Homeopathic Treatments For Pulmonary Hypertension
Danger!: While there is no cure for pah, there are treatments that are effective at both halting or slowing disease progression and improving quality of life. Taking water (the only thing in a homeopathic remedy) is fine is the absence of effective treatments or if the disease is benign. Pah is fatal and has treaments. Take the real thing! ...Read more
A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more
No: None proven. It is not an easy condition to treat. It is serious and potentially fatal. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Pulmonary htn: Pulmonary hypertension is a serious problem with serious treatments depending on the causation. It is best managed by physicians specializing in its treatment. New treatments for some of the primary causes are appearing but if you have pulmonary hypertension its best you seek specialized attention for diagnosis and treatment. General answers here can't cover the problem. ...Read more
Vasodilator meds: Treatment of primary pulmonary htn, meaning disease of the pulmonary artery itself, includes medications to lower the BP of the lung blood vessels. The class of meds include prostanoids, endothelin receptor antagonists and phosphodiesterase inhibitors. All of these medication dilated the blood vessel in the lung and lower the pressure. Other medications can include blood thinners and diuretics. ...Read more
PH Treatment: Fda approved treatments include oral endothelin receptor antagonists (eras), ambrisentan and bosentan; oral phosphodiesterase inhibitors, tadalafil and sildenafil; and prostanoids (iloprost, epoprostenol, and treprostinil) that can be delivered via inhalation or by intravenous or subcutaneous infusion. The "best" treatment of pulmonary hypertension (ph) should be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more
Debated: There are multiple medications available to treat pulmonary hypertension. Most of these function to cause vasodilation (relaxation of the blood vessels of the lungs). It is debated which class of medications work best for pulmonary hypertension. I personally feel that combinations of medications seem to be the very best therapy. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Pulmonary hypertensi: There are a variety of causes for pulmonary hypertension. The treatments for each are not all the same. Even knowing the 'cause' of a case of pulmonary hypertension, the appropriate therapy may not always be effective. Discussing with the treating physician is the best first step. Referral to a Pulmonary hypertension specialty center may be needed. ...Read more
Can borderline pulmonary hypertension reverse itself? My RSVP numbers go up and down, but rest of echo is normal. Is treatment/ precautions needed?
Pulmonary: hypertension is not usually a borderline or fluctuating diagnosis. In addition, the Right sided pressures are often significantly influenced by the hydration status of the patient. You need to discuss these concerns with your health care provider who has all of your health history available to determine if this is something significant for you or not. ...Read more
Can primary pulmonary hypertension appear/disappear without treatment? 3 yr. At ca. 40 mmHg> down 1 yr. Ca. 25> up 1 yr. 45> now down ca. 25 -by echo
The disease process depends on heart and lungs.
The measuring process... depends on machine, operator, and interpretor. So it is possible. So also other associated disease and medications play a role. ...Read more
I hope that this question isn't too general. Is the treatment for pulmonary hypertension always the same as the usual treatment for cardiac failure? Please elaborate if possible.
What is the treatment for someone who has severe pulmonary hypertension, especially in an elderly person who has COPD and pulmonary oedema? Would a diuretic and frusemide spray be likely to be enough?
If you have low o2: The risk of higher altitude is lower oxygen in the air. This can lead to further strain and stress on the body and worsen pulmonary hypertension, especially in more advanced disease. Your doctors can check your oxygen levels to see if you are at risk for low oxygen. These levels should be checked with rest, activity and with sleep. If your saturations remain in a safe range you don't need to move. ...Read more
Is medical marajuina good for asthma my sister have arterial pulmonary hypertension & suffers from asthma. She is on oxygen much of the time. Could marajuina help her?
Is it good for a person that has pulmonary hypertension with right heart failure to be in excessive heat? And get on roller coaster rides?
Very high pressure:
"severe pulmonary hypertension" means that the blood pressure in the lungs is very high. This is different than "systemic hypertension, " which is high blood pressure in the vessels of the body. The concept, however, is the same.
There are a number of causes of this pulmonary hypertension, and when very severe, it can cause significant disease. This should be followed closely by a specialist. ...Read more
Complicated: I'm assuming you're referring to idiopathic or primary pulmonary hypertension? I don't think there has ever been a world wide study - most studies include a registry in their own country, so I don't think the answer to your question is known. There are genetic factors so the incidence may well be different in different races. ...Read more
Discuss with doctor: Limitations for pulmonary HTN could be summarized by "listen to your body". As there are many causes for pulmonary HTN the discussion of activity limitations should be with a physician familiar with the disease. Generally one should avoid salt and should note how quickly the heart rate raises with activity. Certainly actvities in high altitude should be avoided. ...Read more
One is in the lungs: Our blood pressure generally averages around 120/80 although lower is not necessarily bad. When it gets to 130/90 and above this is considered hypertension. The normal pressure in the arteries in the lungs is 25/15 because the right side of the heart only has to push blood through the lungs, not the whole body. When this pressure gets above 35/20 it's pulmonary hypertension. ...Read more
Yes: I have not seen one but literature says that it can indeed cause portal hypertension due to the liver problem and blood return is impeded. The smaller pulmonary arteries can be deemed pulmonary hypertension unless left and right heart cath can be done to prove the pulmonary circulation is ok and only the larger artery involved, cath may be difficult due to the pressure and size of vessels. ...Read more
PH Cure: There are 9 available medications for pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah) including phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors, endothelin receptor blockers and prostaclins. The treatment can be quite effective but does not generally cure pah. Lung transplant can cure the disease but has other significant issues. ...Read more
Elevated blood pressure in the lungs that can be a primary problem or due to other causes. The right side of the heart pumps blood to the lungs and if the blood pressure in the lungs is elevated, the right side of the heart can fail. Pulmonary hypertension can be difficult to diagnose and usually requires echocardiography ...Read more