Pulmonary Hypertension -- Child
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- Birth defects that affect the heart, such as septal defects and leaky heart valves
- Deformity of the chest wall (pectus excavatum)
- Conditions like scleroderma , sickle cell disease , lupus , and HIV
- Chronic lung disease
- Blood clots in the lungs
- Being born with a heart defect or a deformity of the chest wall
- Having certain conditions, such as scleroderma, sickle cell disease, lupus, and HIV
- Having heart or lung disease
- Having a family member with pulmonary hypertension
- Living in a high altitude
- Progressive shortness of breath
- Blue coloring of skin around mouth, hands, and feet
- Chest pain or pressure
- Fast heart rate
- Chronic cough
- Fainting and lightheadedness
- Ankle or leg swelling from fluid retention
- Medication to lower blood pressure in the lungs
- Anticoagulants to prevent blood clots from forming
- Diuretics to help the body eliminate extra fluid
- Nitric oxide to relax the muscles in the arteries of the lungs
Pulmonary hypertension. Children’s Hospital Boston website. Available at: http://www.childrenshospital.org/az/Site510/mainpageS510P0.html. Updated 2012. Accessed November 7, 2014.
Pulmonary hypertension. Cincinnati Children’s website. Available at: http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/health/info/heart/diagnose/ph.htm. Updated June 2014. Accessed November 7, 2014.
- Reviewer: Kari Kassir, MD
- Review Date: 12/2014 -
- Update Date: 12/20/2014 -
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