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Pulmonary Hypertension (cont.)

Medical Treatment

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As mentioned in previous sections, the treatment of secondary hypertension focuses on treating the underlying cause.

  • Regardless of the cause, if hypoxia (low oxygen level) is present, supplemental oxygen may be beneficial.
  • If swelling of the legs (edema) or fluid retention due to right-sided heart failure is evident, then treatment with diuretics (water pills) may be advised.
  • If congestive heart failure is the cause, then proper management and treatment of this condition is necessary.
  • If chronic lung disease is the cause, then it should be treated appropriately.
  • Sleep apnea should be properly diagnosed treated.
  • Cases of pulmonary hypertension related to rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or scleroderma require evaluation and management by arheumatologist.
  • Long-standing and recurrent blood clots to the pulmonary arteries require long term treatment with blood thinner medications.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/24/2014

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