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Treating and Managing PH: What You Need to Know

July 18, 2023

It is crucial for patients and their families to educate themselves not just rely on the expertise of pulmonary hypertension (PH) specialists. This video addresses the importance of accessing PHA’s resources to keep informed.  J. Wesley McConnell, M.D.  encourages patients to speak up and ask questions during medical appointments, to maintain an open and collaborative partnership with their healthcare team to achieve successful outcomes together.

Treating and Managing PH: Inhaled Therapies

Wesley McConnell, M.D. discusses the significant improvements made to inhaled therapies for t pulmonary hypertension (PH). and how patients can benefit from these inhalers which offer ease of use, pocket portability, and require minimal maintenance.

Treating and Managing PH: Oral Therapies

J. Wesley McConnell, M.D. shares how advances in pulmonary hypertension (PH) medications allow for dose titration and have even enabled some long-term IV and Sub-Q patients to transition to oral medication, resulting in significantly improved lives.

Treating and Managing PH: Oxygen Therapy

J. Wesley McConnell, M.D. discusses the impact of low oxygen levels on patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH). By understanding the effects of constricted blood vessels and increased heart strain, he shares the importance of maintaining optimal oxygen levels for better quality of life for PH patients.

Treating and Managing PH: Finding a Specialist

It’s important for patients with pulmonary hypertension to have the right treatment team. Going to an accredited PHA Pulmonary Hypertension Care Center (PHCC) gives you access to a team of specialists with expertise in treating and managing pulmonary hypertension (PH). Learn more about finding a PHCC for expert medical guidance and coordinated support ranging from developing a treatment plan to a streamlined medication approval process.

Treating and Managing PH: Role of Assessment

Risk assessment plays an important role in improving your treatment outcomes for pulmonary hypertension.   In this video, J. Wesley McConnell, M.D. emphasizes the importance of evaluating factors such as your six-minute walk, blood work, and functional class to assess your risk for complications with pulmonary hypertension.

Treating and Managing PH: Clinical Trials as an Option

J. Wesley McConnell, M.D. shares how patients who participate in clinical trials play a vital role in expanding treatment options. Clinical trials are an opportunity for you to access promising therapies and contribute to the development of new treatments that will benefit the overall PH community. Hear why you should discuss participating in a clinical trial with your healthcare provider.