"Pior to me taking Fen-Phen, there were no signs of PPH," says 45-year-old Sullivan. "The whole time I took it I was feeling great, mainly because I lost so much weight—up to 30 lbs in six weeks, but I was also working out at the same time.
This diagnosis surprised me, I'd never even heard of PPH. I went to my doctor complaining of shortness of breath and a lot of fatigue—I just couldn't get enough sleep—and I was having chest pains. I went to the VA hospital (I am a disabled vet) and while I was there, a doctor told me that Fen-Phen was a major cause of PPH.
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I hope the government cracks down on these companies and makes them do more thorough research before allowing people to become guinea pigs."
PPH is a condition whereby the blood vessels that surround the heart become constricted, thereby increasing the pressure on the circulatory system. PPH is known to be caused by several things, one of which is Fen-Phen. The diet drug that was pulled from the shelves after the link was discovered.
PPH has been a relatively rare disease, with only about 300 known cases reported per year. However, the numbers are increasing: in 2000, more than 160,000 patients discharged from hospitals were diagnosed with PPH and more than 3,000 people die each year from PPH.