Other Treatment Options

In addition to prescription medications to control the symptoms of primary pulmonary hypertension, doctors may prescribe changes in diet or exercise to help manage the condition. Limiting the amount of certain substances in the diet—including the amount of salt and water that are ingested—as well as moderate exercise can be helpful in controlling the progression of PPH.

Patients who are in the advanced stages of PPH may be placed on oxygen by their physician. Because PPH may cause the amount of oxygen in the blood to decrease, being treated with oxygen can help patients with the disease to limit the occurrence of symptoms such as light-headedness or fainting.

In the event lifestyle changes and medication are ineffective at managing hypertension, a single or double lung transplant or a heart transplant may be necessary. Due to the seriousness of this operation and the risk of complications, only PPH patients with advanced symptoms or those who have failed to respond quickly to medications are usually prescribed this form of treatment.

If you have been diagnosed with primary pulmonary hypertension and have taken the diet drug combination Fen Phen, or herbal Fen Phen products containing ephedra or ma huang, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. For a free consultation about your legal rights, contact the law office of Hissey Kientz by calling toll-free at (866) 275-4454, or by filling out a free case evaluation form to the right of this page.

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