How is pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) prevented?

Updated: Apr 25, 2018
  • Author: Kristin E Schwab, MD; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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The majority of cases of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) are not preventable. Patients should avoid using anorexigen drugs as well as illicit stimulant drugs such as amphetamine-derivatives and cocaine. To minimize potential contributions from WHO group 3 disease, patients should not smoke. Those with obstructive sleep apnea or other lung disease should be optimally treated for these diseases to avoid further insults from hypoxemia/chronic pulmonary disease.


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