Managing Prostacyclin Therapies for Pulmonary Hypertension

Prostacyclin is a naturally occurring compound found in the human body which stops platelets (which prevent blood clotting) from sticking together and helps to lower blood pressure in the lungs.  Patients with pulmonary hypertension have low levels of prostacyclin.

Dr. Mandell explains how to improve breathing with some belly breathing exercises to strengthen the lungs.

In this video from the Vera Moulton Wall Center for Pulmonary Vascular Diseases, nurse practitioner, Juliana Liu talks about how patients with pulmonary hypertension can better manage their infused prostacyclin therapy.

There are currently seven different medications used for prostacyclin therapy, the oldest and most commonly used being Flolan. Liu explains how each different medication is administered and how it works, along with some practical advice on how to avoid therapy disruption.

Oral prostacyclin drugs like treprostinil are improving, but still have a way to go. Find out more.

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