WASHINGTON: The hormone estrogen may help reverse pulmonary hypertension, which mainly affects women, research shows.
It is a rare and serious condition that causes a progressive increase in blood pressure (BP) in the main pulmonary artery and delivers blood to the lungs. Current medication only temporarily reduces the disease’s severity. For advanced pulmonary hypertension (PH), the condition often necessitates a lung transplant. “Unfortunately, there hasn’t been an ideal pharmacological therapy to treat advanced pulmonary hypertension,” said study author Mansoureh Eghbali, assistant professor of anesthesiology at the University of California-Los Angeles. The rise in pressure enlarges the right ventricle, potentially leading to heart failure, the ‘American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine’ reports. IANS