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How To Get An Accurate PPH Diagnosis

Dec 24, 2007
PPH (which stands for Primary Pulmonary Hypertension) is a serious medical condition that affects the heart and is associated with the controversial weight loss pill, Fen-Phen. PPH symptoms usually start off gradually and are mild, only increasing in severity as the disease progresses.

Common symptoms of onset PPH are sometimes easy to dismiss, making an early PPH diagnosis difficult. These symptoms are as follows and may include some or all of these signs: Extreme tiredness, breathing difficulty, rapid pulse, ankle and leg swelling, bluish lips and skin and heart palpitations.

In the advanced stages, PPH symptoms become increasingly hard to ignore, with significant physical signals that indicate that something is wrong. These warning signs are: severe chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS, which produces exhaustion so profound it can be difficult to perform everyday tasks.

Serious PPH symptoms and complications can be hallmarked by an exacerbation of these problems, making the victim bed ridden. In this stage, PPH symptoms are present even when lying down. Eventually, the condition leads to heart failure, which can be life threatening depending on the extent of the disease.

If you have taken the drug fen-phen, have PPH symptoms and are thinking about retaining a PPH attorney, the first thing to do is to get an accurate PPH diagnosis from a reputed doctor.

A PPH diagnosis is sometimes hard to procure, but can be attained if you do your homework. First locate a physician who is familiar with PPH symptoms, and would know how to give an accurate PPH diagnosis. Proper tests would include CAT scans, chest x-rays, pulmonary function tests, echocardiograms and angiography primarily to see if lesions have formed on the small muscular pulmonary arteries, obstructing proper function.

If the doctor confirms that you have PPH, and you have taken fen-phen, your next step would to be to hire a reliable PPH lawyer who has tried these kinds of case successfully.

A knowledgeable PPH attorney should be able to obtain money for any and every medical bill associated with the treatment of this disease.

With any luck, you will be able to minimize your PPH symptoms and get back to the business of living. Likewise, with an accurate PPH diagnosis and a well-prepared PPH lawyer, the road to a speedy recovery and a return to your former life will be a bit easier to navigate, and less costly in the long run.
About the Author
Nick Johnson is lead counsel with Johnson Law Group. Johnson represents plaintiffs in many states and focuses on injury cases involving Fen-Phen and PPH, Paxil, Mesothelioma, maritime injury, and Nursing Home Abuse. Call Nick Johnson at 1-888-311-5522 or visit http://www.johnsonlawgroup.com
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