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Pulmonary Hypertension

Is there a cure yet?

09/25/2007

Question:

My son is 24 yrs old and diagnosed with primary pulmonary hypertension 4 years ago. He is haveing heart palpitations and high heart rate and this is happening while on lung and heart medications. Has anyone found a cure for this terrible disease yet? What would you do if the lung doctor threatened you with stopping your lung medication due to being so ill that you could not get the monthly liver lab work done?

Answer:

Unfortunately, there is no cure for the disease. However, it can be treated and its progression (worsening) controlled with medications. Monthly liver tests while on certain medications is important for the patient's own safety. These drugs can effect the liver, and blood tests to monitor liver function help us detect that early and we can stop the medicines before they cause permanent injury. If he cannot tolerate those medications or worsens on them, other medicines can be considered.

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Response by:

Namita   Sood, MD, FCCP Namita Sood, MD, FCCP
Associate Professor of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University