Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a rare lung disease that refers to an increase in blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries. Unfortunately, there is still no known cure available to end PH, but research has been evolving and doctors and scientists have been discovering some new ways to approach this lung condition.
Even though there is still no known cure, there are several treatment options available to ease the symptoms. According to the Mayo Clinic, discover which type of treatments or medications are available to help treat pulmonary hypertension.
1. Blood vessel dilators (vasodilators)
Pulmonary hypertension is a disease which narrows the blood vessels, so using blood vessel dilators as a treatment will help since they work to open narrowed blood vessels. Epoprostenol (Flolan) is one of the vasodilators for PH most commonly prescribed. However, as this is a medication whose effect only lasts a few minutes, epoprostenol needs to be injected over and over again via an IV through a pump which PH patients have to wear in a pack on their belt or shoulder. Like all medications, it has its side effects which include jaw pain, nausea, diarrhea, and leg cramps, among others.