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Pros And Cons Of IV Treatment For Pulmonary Hypertension

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Dr. Skloven discusses the pros and cons of a patient choosing to receive intravenous treatments for pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Skloven was a Cardiology Fellow under Dr. Eugene Braunwald from 1970 to 1972 in San Diego, California and now cares for patients at Banner Heart Hospital in Mesa, Arizona.

Dr. Skloven:
The pros and cons of intravenous treatment are the technical problems involved with continuous infusions or continually getting a drug into somebody’s circulation. This means that you have something called a pump, and a fusion pump always on your person. You have some type of needle or catheter placed permanently in a vein and the risks here are infection because this is a foreign body in a vein for months to years.

Bleeding, clogging of the system, clotting of the system – there are all kinds of technical issues that can make it a difficult form of treatment. There is a new form of what we call parenteral treatment. Parenteral treatment is treatment given into the circulation where the entry is not into the circulation directly, but into the tissue under the skin, and this seems to be effective for some of these newer medications without as high a risk of complications of infection, bleeding, etc. So progress in delivery of these new forms of treatment is rapidly changing for the best.

About Dr. Z. David Skloven, M.D.:
Dr. Skloven is an Interventional Cardiologist at Banner Heart Hospital in Mesa, Ariz. After graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Chemistry. Dr. Skloven attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, graduating Cum Laude . He did both his internship and first year residency at Cornell University Hospitals in New York City. His second year residency was at the University of California in San Francisco. Dr. Skloven was a Cardiology Fellow under Dr. Eugene Braunwald from 1970 to 1972 in San Diego, California and then spent a year as Director of the La Jolla V.A. Hospital Cardiac Catheterization Lab.

Conditions: Pulmonary Hypertension, High Blood Pressure, Blod Clots, Heart Failure, Valvular Heart Disease

Related Terms: Pulmonary Embolism, Blood Vessel Abnormality, Sjogren's Syndrome, Connective Tissue Disease, Emphysema, COPD, Bronchitis, Leaky Mitral Valve, Echocardiogram, Heart Catheterization, Fen-Phen

Expert: Dr. Z. David Skloven, David Skloven, M.D., Doctor Z David Skloven, Heart Expert Dr. Skloven, Women's Heart Health Specialist Z. David Skloven, M.D.

Expertise: Heart Disease Disease, Heart Disease Risks, Heart Disease Management, Heart Disease Prevention, Blood Pressure Testing, Coronary Artery Disease, Interventional Cardiology, Increased Blood Pressure

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