Unfortunately, no cure exists yet for PPH. Patient survival can vary but is typically no longer than a few years. Effective treatment can allow a PPH victim to survive more than 10 years after diagnosis. Several treatments and drug programs exist that can extend the life of those who suffer from PPH.
- Calcium Channel Blocking Drugs: Improves the heart's ability to pump blood with supplemental oxygen.
- Anticoagulants: Lowers the blood's tendency to clot in the lungs and therefore allows the blood to flow more freely.
- Diuretics: Reduces the amount of fluid and water in the body and reduces the workload of the heart.
- Vasodilators: Stimulates and dilates the blood vessels in the lungs and reduces the blood pressure in them. Allows the blood vessels to perform their function better.
- A Lung and heart transplant operation is also an option.
Only a physician can decide which treatment(s) is most appropriate on a case-by-case basis. Factors that may affect which treatment will be most effective include:
- Overall health and medical history
- Severity and progression of PPH
- Ability to undergo treatments, procedures, medications, etc.
- Progression and expectations of disease.
- Exercise within bounds
- Do not get pregnant
- Do not take diet drugs
- Do not smoke
- Maintain positive state of mind
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