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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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Dr. Andrew Berry
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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


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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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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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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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Hi Dr my wife is a known case of idiopathic pulmonary hypertension she is on iloprost inhaler, diltiazem 120 mg TID & sildenafil 50 mg bid she is 8 week pregnant now we decide to keep the baby we seek your advice about her medication specially diltaze

Hi Dr my wife is a known case of idiopathic pulmonary hypertension she is on iloprost inhaler, diltiazem 120 mg TID & sildenafil 50 mg bid she is 8 week pregnant now we decide to keep the baby we seek your advice about her medication specially diltaze

Very difficult: This is a very specific question that needs to be answered by a pulmonologist with extensive experience treating idiopathic pulmonary hypertension and this is not an appropriate forum because treatment is often highly individualized. If you choose to use HealthTap for this question, then you must at least choose a Concierge visit with a selected Pulmonary specialist. Good luck to you both! ...Read more

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How can I tell if my baby is having pulmonary hypertension?

How can I tell if my baby is having pulmonary hypertension?

Must see a doctor: Children or infants can usually be diagnosed with pulmonary HTN with the help of echocardiography though a heart catheterization is required to confirm the diagnosis. These tests are done when there is clinical suspicion on the part of the treating physicians. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Baby pulmonary hypertension?

What is the definition or description of: Baby pulmonary hypertension?

High heart pressure: Pulmonary hypertension can be defined in multiple ways. This can include mean pulmonary artery pressure greater than 25mmHg or a specific measure of pulmonary resistance obtained in the cath lab (>3 indexed wood units). It is often diagnosed by echocardiogram in newborns. The treatment depends on the severity and presence of other issues. Please discuss with you/your child's physician. ...Read more

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I lost my child due to pulmonary hypertension. Is there any test to diagnose this inside my womb?

I lost my child due to pulmonary hypertension. Is there any test to diagnose this inside my womb?

Prenatal testing: If it is an isolated finding, and there are no other abnormalities in the heart, pulmonary hypertension can't be seen prenatally. ...Read more

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What makes a child get primary pulmonary hypertension?

What makes a child get primary pulmonary hypertension?

Good question: I had a patient with a failure of normal breathing control in brainstem. She had pulmonary hypertension. Thus, I think that enters into the causative mechanism. It may sound strange when I say that it could be something as simple as viamin b1 deficiency, particularly if he craves sugar. I doubt very much that the doc in charge will take that seriously! ...Read more

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15*18mm asd child also develop pulmonary hypertension 30 to 35 mmhg. When should we go for asd closure right now child is 2 year old weight 11 kg.

15*18mm asd child also develop pulmonary hypertension 30 to 35 mmhg. When should we go for asd closure right now child is 2 year old weight 11 kg.

Anytime: Discuss with your pediatric cardiologist and pediatric cardiac surgeon. They are the ones that can advise you about the timing of your childs surgery. ...Read more

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Is there anything done as a child that can cause them to have pulmonary hypertension later in life?

Is there anything done as a child that can cause them to have pulmonary hypertension later in life?

Unsure: There are certainly medical conditions that can lead to pulmonary hypertension later in life. If you are referring to possibly exposures, then it depends on the substance, but unlikely. I apologize as I'm not sure how best to answer your question, but there are few things a parent/person could potentially do to cause pulmonary hypertension. ...Read more

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I lost my son in 3 days due to IUGR, pulmonary hypertension, sepsis. Born with distress&short cord, blue baby 2.5kg too. C section. Now want 2 conceive.

I lost my son in 3 days due to IUGR, pulmonary hypertension, sepsis. Born with distress&short cord, blue baby 2.5kg too. C section. Now want 2 conceive.

Need more info: Unanswered: did umbilical artery doppler show an abnormal S/D ratio from abnormal placental resistance? What did the fetal/postnatal echocardiography show? Autopsy? Chromosomal analysis? How early was first US? Fetal growth normal until? When was IUGR noted? What was cause of PH? Any unusual facial or physical features? Length and HC? Autopsy? How long was cord.? Placental path report? ...Read more

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What respiratory conditions will affect PULMONARY HYPERTENSION? I suffer chronic sinusitis with runny nose and sneezing with chest pain, very long time

What respiratory conditions will affect PULMONARY HYPERTENSION? I suffer chronic sinusitis with runny nose and sneezing with chest pain, very long time

Pulmonary HTN (PH): Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) IS a diagnosis, which describes the symptoms associated with high arterial pressure in the lungs. PAH is made worse by not wearing oxygen. There are many causes of PAH, including COPD or other chronic lung disease, multiple pulmonary embolisms (blood clots), recurrent pneumonia. Often it happens on its own - that's called primary PH or PPH. Treatment possible. ...Read more

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Severe chest pain, calcium screening showed chronic pulmonary hypertension& lung nodules. Had CT of chest 3mm & 8mm noncalcified granulomas. Helpplease?

Severe chest pain, calcium screening showed chronic pulmonary hypertension& lung nodules. Had CT of chest 3mm & 8mm noncalcified granulomas. Helpplease?

Lung nodules: Many causes of lung granulomas. Histoplasmosis a fungus in the dirt is probably most common cause. Being around construction sites or bird handling are frequent causes especially around Ohio river. Connective tissue causes like sarcoidosis and wegeners can also cause. Working in dusty areas or around talc is known cause. With pulmonary hypertension you need to see a pulmonologist for definitive dx ...Read more

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Can children get pulmonary hypertension?

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. ...Read more

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What does severe pulmonary hypertension means?

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

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How to know the cause of my moderate pulmonary hypertension?

Pulmonary HTN: If confirmed by a catheter study then there is a differential diagnosis list to assess cause, do not smoke, do drugs, avoid amphetamines etc:go and discuss with whoever made the initial diagnosis ...Read more

Dr. Charles Burger
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Pulmonary Hypertension (Definition)

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


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Respiratory (Definition)

Pertaining to the work of breathing done by the chest ...Read more