Information about Primary Pulmonary Hypertension and other forms of Severe Pulmonary Hypertension
PPH NEWS is an education-based resource site that provides information on the health issues surrounding Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH), including what it is, the symptoms, diagnoses, and treatment options.
This website also provides resource to learn more about your legal rights and remedies if you or someone you know has developed PPH due to the use of diet drugs such as Fen Phen.
A PPH case is a civil lawsuit that is filed against the party responsible for a person's development of PPH or Primary Pulmonary Hypertension. Certain weight control drugs have been shown to cause PPH. In 1997 the FDA ordered the recall of two popular diet drugs: Pondimin (fenfluramine) and Redux (dexfenfluramine). Fen-Phen, a combination of pondimin and phentermine, was widely prescribed for weight loss prior to the recall. These appetite suppressants were taken by nearly six to seven million consumers during their stay on the drug market.
A PPH case can be pursued by any person who has taken these medications and developed this potentially life threatening condition. Through a PPA case, a victim of these medication's harmful side effects may be eligible to seek compensation for their losses including such things as medical expenses, loss of income, disability, and pain and suffering. A PPH case is facilitated by the professional help of an attorney who specializes in handling defective drug claims.
PPH is a rare progressive lung disease that causes the blood pressure in the pulmonary artery to rise far above normal levels. The pulmonary artery is a major vessel which carries blood from the heart to the lungs. PPH causes a significant resistance in blood flow between these two major organs. In effect, PPH causes the tissues in the artery walls to build up, decreases the artery's blood pumping efficiency and can ultimately lead to heart failure and death.
There are between one and three million people living with PPH in the United States today. Each year 125 to 150 people die as a result of this serious condition. The majority of PPH cases in the United States are related to familial or genetic causes. Other causes can include HIV, pregnancy, and the use of drugs like cocaine. A PPH case can begin with a number of symptoms that can complicate the ease of daily life. Signs and symptoms of a PPH case can include any or all of the following: fatigue, dizziness, trouble breathing, fainting spells, peripheral edema (swelling), chest pain, rapid heart beat, heart palpitations, bluish discoloration of the lips and skin, and related symptoms.
When a person suspects that they have developed a PPH case, there are specific tests that a doctor can perform to make a diagnosis. The diagnosis of a PPH case can be difficult and therefore it may be helpful to seek the care of a medical professional who has experience working with patients with PPH. There are also a variety of ways to treat a PPH case. These can include medical devices, lifestyle changes, medications, and surgery.
Pregnancy is contraindicated in people who have PPH. Pregnancy places considerable stress on the heart and pulmonary artery and can increase the risk of serious complications in patients with PPH. Women with a PPH case may be at risk for fatal complications during and immediately after pregnancy. If you or a loved one has been injured from use of Fen-Phen or other appetite suppressants, please contact us to learn more about your legal rights and options in a PPH case.