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Prognosis of Primary pulmonary hypertension

Prognosis of Primary pulmonary hypertension: Early detection and prompt treatment can significantly improve symptoms and long-term outcomes. ...see also Overview of Primary pulmonary hypertension


Complications of Primary pulmonary hypertension may include:

Complications of Primary pulmonary hypertension from the Diseases Database include:

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Prognosis of Primary pulmonary hypertension Discussion

Researchers believe that one of the ways PPH starts is with injury to the layer of cells (the endothelial cells) that line the small blood vessels of the lungs. This injury, which occurs for unknown reasons, may bring about changes in the way the endothelial cells interact with smooth muscle cells in the vessel wall. As a result, the smooth muscle contracts more than normal and thereby narrows the vessel.

The process eventually results in the development of extra amounts of tissue in the walls of the pulmonary arteries. The amount of muscle increases in some arteries, and muscle appears in the walls of arteries that normally have no muscle. With time, scarring, or fibrosis, of the arteries takes place, and they become stiff as well as thickened. Some vessels may become completely blocked. There is also a tendency for blood clots to form within the smaller arteries.

In response to the extra demands placed on it by PPH, the heart muscle gets bigger, and the right ventricle expands in size. Overworked and enlarged, the right ventricle gradually becomes weak and loses its ability to pump enough blood to the lungs. Eventually, the right side of the heart may fail completely, resulting in death. (Source: excerpt from NHLBI, Facts About Primary Pulmonary Hypertension: NHLBI)

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About prognosis:

The 'prognosis' of Primary pulmonary hypertension usually refers to the likely outcome of Primary pulmonary hypertension. The prognosis of Primary pulmonary hypertension may include the duration of Primary pulmonary hypertension, chances of complications of Primary pulmonary hypertension, probable outcomes, prospects for recovery, recovery period for Primary pulmonary hypertension, survival rates, death rates, and other outcome possibilities in the overall prognosis of Primary pulmonary hypertension. Naturally, such forecast issues are by their nature unpredictable.


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