Friday, April 8, 2011

Pulmonary Hypertension

So Isaiah had some issues with pulmonary hypertension last night.

Pulmonary hypertension is a type of high blood pressure that affects only the arteries in the lungs and the right side of your heart.

Pulmonary hypertension begins when tiny arteries in your lungs, called pulmonary arteries, and capillaries become narrowed, blocked or destroyed. This makes it harder for blood to flow through your lungs, which raises pressure within the arteries in your lungs. As the pressure builds, your heart's lower right chamber (right ventricle) must work harder to pump blood through your lungs, eventually causing your heart muscle to weaken and eventually fail completely.

Pulmonary hypertension is a serious illness that becomes progressively worse and is sometimes fatal.

This is very common in CDH babies. I'm sure he's had a bit of this all along. It grew worse and last night he was trying to move around so they had to give him a paralyzing medicine. This kept him still so his condition could improve.

Angel says the surgery is still on. I know that if they don't get this under control they will hold off on surgery. Please pray that the pulmonary hypertension will pass and he will have surgery. He will not improve without the surgery.

Thanks for all your support, love and prayers. They are greatly appreciated.


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