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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 Seibert
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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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Have pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, copd, with lupus,scleroderma,many complications. how long can you live with these lung issues?

Have pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, copd, with lupus,scleroderma,many complications. how long can you live with these lung issues?

MCTD: You mentioned you have scleroderma and SLE. You need to be seen by a lung doc if you have not seen one already. You conditions need a multi disciplinary approach with a rheumatologist/ pulmonary doc/ and a cardiologist. Most large teaching hospital have docs that have exp with such complex issues and may be your best bet. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Can children get pulmonary hypertension?

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 diet medications can lead to pulmonary hypertension?

What diet medications can lead to pulmonary hypertension?

Appetite suppressant: Appetite suppressants like fenfluramine, dexfenfluramine, and Diethylpropion increase the risk of pulmonary artery hypertension (pah). Those with pah are more likely to have used appetite suppressants. Cocaine and amphetamines have also been attributed to developing pah. ...Read more

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Can a tilt-table test plus the adrenaline shot cause problems to patients with pulmonary hypertension?

Can a tilt-table test plus the adrenaline shot cause problems to patients with pulmonary hypertension?

TTT Pulm HTN: A TTT assesses how your BP/HR responds to standing. Adrenaline is normally released in response to standing to raise the HR. It could have a vaso constrictor effect on pulmonary circulation. Guazzi MD, De Cesare N, Fiorentini C, et al. Pulmonary vascular supersensitivity to catecholamines in systemic high blood pressure. J Am Coll Cardiol. 1986;8(5):1137-1144. doi:10.1016/S0735-1097(86)80393= ...Read more

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Can someone have both pulmonary hypertension and POTS?

Can someone have both pulmonary hypertension and POTS?

Yes: You need to discuss this with your doctor, Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or internet scams. ...Read more

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How can I treat a patient with pulmonary hypertension but have systemic hypotension?

How can I treat a patient with pulmonary hypertension but have systemic hypotension?

Referral: If there is hypoxia, o2 can be given, even with desaturation to exercise. Then refer to the expert or to a pah center as not all pulmonary hypertensions are because of the lung per se and the meds for pah may not be safe. Sometimes when meds are given appropriately, the forward flow of blood improves and improves bp. ...Read more

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Does prednisone help people with pulmonary fibrosis and copd?

Does prednisone help people with pulmonary fibrosis and copd?

Occasionally: Corticosteroids for pulmonary fibrosis is mostly not helpful. Pts with nsip have shown a response to steroids. In COPD steroid pulses for acute worsening of function but should be weaned quickly. Long term steroids in COPD have not been beneficial. ...Read more

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What diary system can be used for patients being treated with pulmonary fibrosis?

What diary system can be used for patients being treated with pulmonary fibrosis?

Dietary? None.: I'm assuming you mean dietary. There is no diet shown to be of any benefit in pulmonary fibrosis. That said, this addresses your question directly and may be of use to you: http://www.Livestrong.Com/article/517448-diet-for-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis/. ...Read more

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Are the elderly with COPD & pulmonary hypertension & clot in the leg prone to cough? How can cough be avoided?

Are the elderly with COPD & pulmonary hypertension &  clot in the leg prone to cough?  How can cough be avoided?

Cough in copd: Patient's with COPD are prone to develop cough as the air ways are affected or from bronchitis. Trial of cough medications may help. Pulmonary hypertension is unlikely to cause cough. ...Read more

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What are blue bloaters with regards to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

What are blue bloaters with regards to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Old terms (from EMS): The classic "blue bloater" was defined as someone w/mostly lung disease as source of resp problems (copd/emphysema/chr. Bronchitis). Poor oxygenation is chronic (="blue") & poor expiration/air trapping / barrell-shaped-chest (="bloating"). "pink puffers" (alt group), are due to heart failure and fluid buildup, usually w/pink sputum when cough. ...Read more

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Can scleroderma lead to pulmonary hypertension?

Can scleroderma lead to pulmonary hypertension?

Yes: If pulmonary hypertension occurs, it can severely affect quality of life and may cause premature death. Certain types of scleroderma such as limited cutaneous scleroderma are associated with pulmonary hypertension. Other types such as morphea are not. Screening is essential. ...Read more

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Can bisolol can be used in hypertensive pt with diabetes?

Can bisolol can be used in hypertensive pt with diabetes?

Yes: bisoprolol can be used for high blood pressure or heart disease in diabetes. It belongs to beta-blockers class so potential side effect is that it can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. It depends on individual risk/benefit evaluation to use it or not. In selected patients we do use it. Also if kidneys are slow dose needs to be lowered. good luck! ...Read more

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Can a patent foramen ovale have anything to do with borderline pulmonary hypertension ?

In a Sense: A pfo should not cause--or contribute to the development of pulmonary hypertension. However, a pfo in people with pulmonary hypertension can be an issue. The pfo can be a potential means for a blood clot to cross the heart and travel to the brain rather than the lungs. This is rare, and depends on other medical conditions. Please discuss your specific issues with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can benzos cause respiratory problems to those with no known copd?

Can benzos cause respiratory problems to those with no known copd?

In too high a dose: Benzodiazepines are vastly safer than barbiturates and barbiturate-like drugs because their activities stop at the upper part of the brain and do not, in therapeutic doses, extend to the respiratory centers in the midbrain. Together with alcohol, opiates, other depressant drugs, and in very high doses (or iv) they can and do cause problems, even without copd. Normally, in usual doses, they don't. ...Read more

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Can hydrochlorothiazide work for pulmonary hypertension?

PH: Patients with pulmonary hypertension (ph) are prone to fluid retention and swelling. Physicians may use diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide to treat the excess fluid. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Thomas Inwood
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Respiratory (Definition)

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