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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.

Treating PPH

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.

Recommended Lifestyle Changes

  • Exercise within bounds
  • Do not get pregnant
  • Do not take diet drugs
  • Do not smoke
  • Maintain positive state of mind