What Are the Treatments of Cor Pulmonale?

Q:

My father was recently diagnosed with cor pulmonale? What treatments are suggested?

A:

When treating cor pulmonale, patients need not only treatments for the disease, but also those for the underlying condition. The specific treatments shall be based on the cause of the disease. The patients may be asked to have medication to lower blood pressure if the disease is caused by pulmonary hypertension. In other cases, if there are extra fluids and salt in the body, diuretics will be suggested in order to reduce the workload of the heart, whereas blood thinners will be used to stop blood clots from forming. Oxygen therapies can transport enough oxygen to the body. If the case is quite severe, the patient is likely to have a surgical heart or lung transplant.

However, there are also some treatment not recommended, including angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, alpha-blockers and digoxin (unless there is atrial fibrillation).

 

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