Maryland Heart Center
Medical and Surgical Treatments
PH is a chronic condition that can become life threatening. It has only one known cure -- a surgical treatment known as pulmonary thromboendarterectomy, or PTE. The University of Maryland Medical Center is one of the few medical centers in the country offering this procedure, which is performed by chief of cardiac surgery Dr. Bartley Griffith.
In addition, several non-surgical treatments are available and patients now have more options
and improved life expectancy. Medical treatment is aimed at slowing the progression of the disease and improving
symptoms. Some possible medications include:
- Calcium Channel Blockers
- Diuretics - reduces fluid in the system
- Inhaled oxygen
- Bosentan - an oral endothelin receptor antagonist. It works by helping to
reduce elevated blood pressure in the lungs, thereby helping the heart to
pump blood more effectively.
- Epoprostenol - a prostacyclin analogue that helps reduce constriction of
lung blood vessels and reducing the high blood pressure in the lungs.
- Treprostinil is also a prostacyclin analogue used to reduce constricted
- Sildenafil - an oral PDE-5 inhibitor. It works by reducing the pressure
in the lungs.
- Iloprost - a prostacyclin analogue that is inhaled.
If these treatments are not sufficient, and the patient is not a candidate for PTE, a lung transplant evaluation may be
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