What is Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH)?
Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH) is a rare disorder that leads to high blood pressure in the lungs. Persons with PPH usually have the condition for years without knowing it because the symptoms develop slowly over time.
What are the Symptoms of Symptoms of PPH?
Symptoms often include:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Chest pain
As the condition worsens, symptoms can expand to include
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling of the ankles and legs
- Bluish tinge to the lips and skin
How is PPH Treated?
Currently there is no cure for Primary Pulmonary Hypertension. Treatments are designed to help alleviate symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. The type of treatment administered will depend upon several factors.
Methods include various medications, including diuretics to reduce water buildup in the body, blood thinners and Digoxin, a medication designed to strengthen the heartbeat and help the body pump more blood. Oxygen therapy, surgery and various lifestyle changes may also be recommended.
Fen-Phen and Other Diet Drugs Linked to PPH
The once popular diet drug Fen-Phen has been linked to an increase in the risk for heart damage, including the development of primary pulmonary hypertension. Since 1994, the FDA has received and reported hundreds of reports of adverse events linked to diet pills containing ephedra, including Fen-Phen. Despite the known risks, Fen-Phen diet pills are still available for purchase over-the-counter.
If your or someone you love developed PPH and you have a history of using diet pills Fen-Phen, Adipex, Redux or Pondimin, you may be eligible for financial compensation. To learn more about your legal options, please call (800) 391-6415.
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