Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Cor Pulmonale Treatment

The treatment of cor pulmonale depends on the underlying cause and the severity of the cor pulmonale. Cor pulmonale may resolve after treatment of the underlying cause, but in many cases, the illness is not reversible. Treatment for cor pulmonale includes low salt diet, fluid restriction, exercise, diuretic medications, digoxin, Coumadin, calcium channel blocker medications, and endothelin receptor antagonists. Severe cor pulmonale may require admission to the hospital for oxygen therapy, intravenous (IV) medications, and additional treatment of the underlying cause. Some may benefit from surgery, angioplasty, or pacemaker placement.

Treatment for cor pulmonale includes:

Medications for the treatment of cor pulmonale may include:

Additional treatment of cor pulmonale may include:

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Cor Pulmonale Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of cor pulmonale.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for upper respiratory infections and bronchitis?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Cor Pulmonale Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat cor pulmonale:

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Last Updated: Jun 7, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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