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Though we refer to pulmonary hypertension by just one name, each person with the disease is different and responds differently to different medications. Your medical team of doctors and... More

As we have discussed previously, regular or systemic hypertension refers to elevated blood pressures in the arteries that carry blood from your heart (left ventricle) to the rest of the... More

Doctors have tried to treat pulmonary hypertension with a number of different medications since the disorder was first recognized many years ago. Fortunately, today we have several medical therapies that... More

Prostacyclins as a class all have several side effects that are important to know about. These include jaw pain (sometimes this is most noticeable on the first bite), diarrhea,... More

Patients with PAH are more prone to blood clots in the pulmonary vessels. These blood clots are also called thrombi. Some blood clots originate in the lungs themselves,... More

Some PAH patients are on a therapy called a prostacyclin. Prostacyclins are found naturally in the body and have several functions in the blood vessels of the lung. ... More

As PAH progresses, the exchange of oxygen between the air and the blood is compromised (see pathophysiology section). As discussed previously, oxygen travels from the airways of the lungs... More

The underlying problem with PAH is not in the airways of the lungs, but in the blood vessels of the lungs. Nevertheless, an inhaled medication that travels through... More

You may find it helpful to adhere to a low-salt diet if you have pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Excess salt intake can contribute to fluid retention. When there... More