CAUSES OF PRIMARY PULMONARY HYPERTENSION (PPH)?
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, such as Pondimin
(fenfluramine) and Redux
(dexfenfluramine), have been found to greatly increase
the risk of developing PPH. Recent medical research indicates
Fen-Phen (ephedra / ma huang) may be the cause for PPH in some victims.The
natural amphetemines found in the ephedra in the form of ephedrine
alkaloids may cause of primary pulmonary hypertension.
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. An echocardiogram is a
good tool for detecting elevated pulmonary artery pressures. However, with some
patients a cardiac catheterization is necessary to confirm the diagnosis and
gather additional artery pressures.
Patients with Primary Pulmonary
Hypertension (PPH) are currently being treated
with a number of drugs, which can't cure or halt the progression of this
disease, but they may relieve symptoms. Some patients take vasodilators, which
help to dilate the blood vessels in the lungs, which reduces the blood pressure
in them. In addition, anticoagulants may be used to decrease the tendency of the
blood to clot in the lungs.Although some patients do well with these
medications, others with severe PPH may need a lung transplantation or
OPTIONS FOR PPH PATIENTS
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 others. 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
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