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Right-sided heart failure
The goal of treatment is to control symptoms. It is important to treat medical disorders that cause pulmonary hypertension, which can lead to cor pulmonale.
Many new treatment options are becoming available. Medicines that may be prescribed include:
Your doctor will decide which medicine is best for you. You will be closely monitored during treatment to watch for side effects and to see how well the medicine works for you. Never stop taking your medicines without talking to your doctor.
Other treatments may include:
As the illness gets worse, you will need to make changes in the home environment and get more help around the home.
Other important tips to follow:
How well you do depends on what caused the condition.
Cor pulmonale may lead to:
Call your health care provider if you experience shortness of breath or chest pain.
McGlothlin D, De Marco T. Cor pulmonale. In: Mason RJ, Broaddus VC, Martin TR, et al. Murray & Nadel's Textbook of Respiratory Medicine. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2010:chap 56.
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