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Dr. Jonathan Popler
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Baby Pulmonary Hypertension (Overview)

Baby with "pulmonary hypertension," or increased blood pressure in the lung blood vessels.


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Can pulmonary hypertension resolve when my babies chronic lungs grow?

Can pulmonary hypertension resolve when my babies chronic lungs grow?

Maybe: Depends on the cause. If chronic lung disease is the result of extreme prematurity (< 28 weeks), the pulmonary hypertension is largely due to an under developed pulmonary vascular bed (smaller arteries and fewer branches). This may not improve, even with good growth and nutrition. While they may improve, it often becomes apparent again after the growth spurt associated with adolescence. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonathan Popler
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Baby Pulmonary Hypertension (Overview)

Baby with "pulmonary hypertension," or increased blood pressure in the lung blood vessels.


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My infant is sweating during feeding, can this be a sign of pulmonary hypertension?

My infant is sweating during feeding, can this be a sign of pulmonary hypertension?

Possibly: Could be pulmonary hypertension. It could also be from a respiratory problem, heart problem, or in fact (and hopefully) nothing at all. I strongly recommend you take your child to see the pediatrician as soon as reasonably possible (not an emergency, but during day hours). ...Read more

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Caring for Your Baby (Checklist)

Vaccinate for hepatitis B prior to hospital discharge
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Obtain newborn metabolic screen prior to hospital discharge
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Schedule baby's first doctor exam for two to four days after hospital discharge
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Schedule baby's well exam and vaccinations for age two months
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Is pulmonary hypertension treatable?

Is pulmonary hypertension treatable?

PAH is treatable: FDA approved treatments include oral endothelin receptor antagonists, ambrisentan and bosentan; nitric oxide pathway, riociguat, tadalafil and sildenafil; and Prostanoids (iloprost, epoprostenol, and treprostinil) that can be oral, inhaled, or intravenous or subcutaneous infusion. These treatments widen lung blood vessels and ease the symptoms of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension ...Read more

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Can pulmonary hypertension get better without treatment?

Can pulmonary hypertension get better without treatment?

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

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Having a Baby Through Surrogacy (Checklist)

Get legal advice and make sure all documentation is complete
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Choose a candidate and do a thorough interview
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Choose a reputable company
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Participate in prenatal care with the surrogate
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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

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How could pulmonary hypertension in mitral stenosis prevent pulmonary edema?

Less flow to lungs: If the pressure in the pulmonary artery is high enough, the right ventricle's ability to pump bood to the lungs is diminished. Less blood flow to the lungs means that there is less fluid to leak out into the air spaces ( alveoli). ...Read more

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Can viagra (sildenafil) help babies with chronic pulmonary hypertension?

Can viagra (sildenafil) help babies with chronic pulmonary hypertension?

Yes: However it depends on the etiology of the pulmonary hypertension. Congenital heart disease is considered group 1 pah and as such can be treated with drugs like sildenafil(viagra), eras and prostanoids. ...Read more

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How could viagra (sildenafil) help babies with chronic pulmonary hypertension?

How could viagra (sildenafil) help babies with chronic pulmonary hypertension?

Yes: Sildenafil - the active ingredient in viagra (sildenafil) - is fda approved as Revatio for treatment of pulmonary HTN in adults. It is likely that it would also be effective in children and is widely used in children as other other adult approved medicines for pulmonary htn. ...Read more

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Dr. Sheila Smith
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Hypertension (Definition)

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


Dr. Charles Burger
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Pulmonary Hypertension (Definition)

Pulmonary hypertension is elevated blood pressure in the lungs and can be a primary problem or due to other causes. The right side of the heart pumps blood to the lungs and if the BP in the lungs is elevated, the right side of the heart can often fail over time. Pulmonary hypertension can be difficult to diagnose and usually requires echocardiography ...Read more