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PRIMARY PULMONARY HYPERTENSION (PPH)

Primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH) is a rare and often fatal disease that has no known cause and results in the progressive narrowing of the blood vessels of the lungs which as a result causes high blood pressure in these blood vessels and eventually leads to heart failure. The lungs contain millions of tiny blood vessels called capillaries. These capillaries are extremely small, just wide enough for blood cells to move through. The capillaries are lined with endothelial cells that prevent blood from leaking out of the vessel. The outside of the blood vessels are muscle type cells that expand and contract as blood moves through from the heart into the lungs. PPH causes the cell lining of the lung's blood vessels to weaken and allow leakage. The leaking of blood out of the vessels causes the muscles that surround the blood vessels to constrict. This continuous constriction increases the pressure within the blood vessels and cuts off blood flow. The constriction gradually worsens, eventually increasing the pulmonary arterial pressure. Secondary pulmonary hypertension (SPH) is the result of other types of lung disease, abnormal breathing processes or heart disease. 

PRIMARY PULMONARY HYPERTENSION SYMPTOMS

PPH Symptoms may include one or more of the following: 
  • Shortness of breath following exertion,  
  • Excessive Fatigue
  • Chest pain
  • Ankle Swelling 
  • Fainting
  • Bluish Lips and skin

CAUSES OF PRIMARY PULMONARY HYPERTENSION

No one is certain as to what causes primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH), but research has shown that there are a number of factors that may be responsible for the disease. Some of the possible causes include immune system disease, congenital heart defects, portal hypertension, HIV infection, Collagen Vascular Disease, and intravenous drug use  or other chemical exposures. The use of certain appetite suppressants, herbal medicines (ephedra ephedrine alkaloids, ma huang), Pondimin (fenfluramine) and  Redux (dexfenfluramine), have been found to greatly increase the risk of developing PPH.  Even if the disease has progressed, the signs and symptoms may be hard to detect or even confused with other conditions that affect the heart and the lungs. Early diagnosis of PPH is usually done by an echocardiogram. The echocardiogram is used to detect elevated pulmonary artery pressures. However, with some patients a cardiac categorization is necessary to confirm the diagnosis and gather additional artery pressures.

TREATMENT OF PRIMARY PULMONARY HYPERTENSION (PPH)

Since there is no cure for PPH, the treatments listed below at best only relieve the symptoms. Relief from these symptoms however can raise quality of life and raise the life expectancy by a number of years. Doctors have developed functional classifications of Primary Pulmonary Hypertension based on the level of the conditions and symptoms involved. The general treatments for PPH include: Calcium Channel blockers that can be used to lower pressure; oxygen enables the patient to breath easier and lowers pressure; Coumadin (warfarin) thins the blood and prevents clotting; diuretics or "water pills" relieve fluid that collects in the ankles and belly area, digoxin slows the heart rate to improve muscle force. These new treatments for PPH include use of Tracleer, Flolan, Reodulin (UT-15) and Bosentan. The most prescibed and so far the most effective PPH treatments have been with the use of Tracleer and Flolan.

PRIMARY PULMONARY TREATMENT OPTIONS

PPH treatment options may include:
  • Anticoagulant therapy
  • Vasoconstriction (Use of calcium channel blockers)
  • Increased doses of prostaglandin
  • Flolan-Prostacyclin ( Flolan with a Blood Thinner)
  • Prostacyclin Infusion Therapy
  • Diuretics
  • Supplemental Oxygen
  • Flolan Treatment
  • Tracleer Treatment
  • Use of other PPH Drugs- Bosentan, Remodulin (UT-15)
  • PPH Surgery - Bilateral (Double) lung transplantation
  • PPH Surgery -Single-lung transplant

PPH- LAWSUITS - LEGAL OPTIONS FOR PPH VICTIMS

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH), then you may have a right to file a individual legal action against the manufacturers of the diet pills or other products that caused your PPH. Due to the nature of this serious and devastating disease process, PPH patients are urged to contact an attorney immediately after he or she has been informed of their Primary Pulmonary Hypertension diagnosis.

Many important legal issues need to be addressed early after a PPH diagnosis, that can affect the outcome of the PPH litigation. Call us for a Free Confidential Consultation. Talk with a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer about your legal rights of a PPH claim against the diet drug industry and others. No Fees or Expenses Charged unless we make a Recovery for You. 

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Mr. Willis is a licensed attorney in New York and Texas. He is a Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Lawyer, certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Principle office is Houston, Texas.

Mr. Willis has represented clients in personal injury, wrongful death cases, fen phen diet drug cases and/or other product liability and negligence cases from across the United States, including clients from Alabama, Arkansas, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia & Wyoming.

Further, any statement or reference to past personal injury, products liability lawsuits, settlements or verdicts should NOT be relied upon in one's own case or in your decision on which law firm to hire. All client's cases, facts, injuries, damages, venues and lawsuits are different and there is NO way to predict the outcome of a particular case, verdict of a jury or judge or the strength of a case before a judge, jury or the appellate court system. The client is responsible for all of their own medical expenses. All cases are handled on a contingent fee basis. NO attorneys fees or case costs charged to client, unless a recovery is made for the client. Often in very serious and catastrophic injury and death cases Mr. Willis may associate with another products liability attorney as co-counsel and in other matters, the case may be referred. In cases where a legal matter is referred, Mr. Willis will continue to maintain joint responsibility with the handling attorney or lead counsel and actively monitor the progress and development of the case. Due to his 23+ years of experience in personal injury and products liability cases, Mr. Willis will often continue to assist in working with the clients, hired experts and engineers and in research of the defective product, negligent defendant or other related legal matters in the case.

 


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Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH) Legal Assistance LawyerIf you or a loved one took diet drugs and recently have been given a diagnosis of Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH), idiopathic pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary arterial hypertension, PAH or pulmonary hypertension, then call us for a Free PPH Lawsuit Consultation. Talk to a Personal Injury Trial Lawyer with over 20+ years of product liability trial experience that understands the complications of PPH, legal options for patients with PPH and diet drug related PPH lawsuits and litigation.

Since 1997, we have aggressively represented PPH patients in diet drug lawsuits against the makers of Fen -Phen, Redux and PPH lawsuits against the nutritional supplement industry on herbal ephedrine / ephedra / ma huang PPH lawsuits. Get PPH Lawsuit Help. Talk to a PPH Attorney now. Call Toll Free 1-800-883-9858 or E-mail us.

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Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH) Legal Assistance LawyerIf you have been diagnosed with PPH then it very important that you talk with an attorney. Mr. Willis is a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer, certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1988. No Fees or Court Costs or Expenses charged to the client unless we obtain a recovery for you. We never send you a bill for our services! Call us if you have a question.

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PPH INFO & FAQs

What are the most common PPH Symptoms? Primary Pulmonary Hypertension symptoms may include, Shortness of Breath, Constantly tired, no stamina, chest pains, ankle swelling, water retention, swelling in feet, fainting, bluish lips or skin tones and excessive fatigue after mild to moderate exertion.

How does the Fen Phen Settlement affect a PPH claim or is it too late to file a PPH Lawsuit ? Under the terms of the diet drug class action settlement can PPH victims can still file a separate lawsuit? Call us to discuss your particular facts of your PPH case.

What is PPH? PPH or primary pulmonary hypertension is condition is often fatal and is primarily found in female patients aged 20-40 years old. PPH a rare condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs is abnormally high. The cause of PPH - primary pulmonary hypertension is believed to be linked to certain diet drugs, weight loss drugs Pondimin (fenfluramine), diet drug combination Fen-Phen, and Redux (Dexfenfluramine), ephedra, ma huang and other natural ephedrine alkaloids. It is considered a progressive lung disease, often leading to congestive heart failure, respiratory failure, and eventually death. Some PPH patients improve their life expectancy greatly with heart, lung and/or heart lung transplants.

What is the Life Expectancy of a PPH Patient? Sadly, once diagnosed with PPH, the average PPH survival rate is three years. Pregnant women with PPH, have higher rate of maternal mortality. PPH and pregnancy is a bad combination. Drug therapy is a treatment option for a woman with PPH while pregnant. PPH medical treatment options available to people with PPH include anticoagulants, Flolan, Tracleer, diuretics, vasodilators, calcium channel blocking drugs and supplemental oxygen.

The last time I ever took Fen Phen, Pondimin or Redux was back in 1997, but recently I have been diagnosed with PPH or Primary Pulmonary Hypertension. Is it too late to file a PPH claim or lawsuit? How long can I wait till I file a PPH lawsuit? Due to possible running of an applicable Statute of Limitations (filing deadlines for a PPH Lawsuit), it is VERY IMPORTANT that you discuss this with an PPH attorney experienced with clients with PPH and with a proven track record of hard work and dedication to his clients. In some states, the PPH victim may only have up to ONE YEAR to file a PPH lawsuit or litigation from the date of the diagnosis or injury. Filing deadlines for PPH claims in other states may be longer.

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