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Consult an Expert About Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) is a condition that can be diagnosed in individuals of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. It is, however, more commonly observed in young women. PH requires an aggressive form of treatment because it can increase the risk of heart failure.

Don’t put your heart in danger. If you think that you may have pulmonary hypertension, it’s important that you seek medical assistance from Apex Heart and Vascular Center as soon as possible. We have a team of experts that can help you overcome pulmonary hypertension and treat any heart problems connected to it at the same time.

Common Questions You May Have About Pulmonary Hypertension

What is pulmonary hypertension?

Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) is a rare type of lung disorder that affects the arteries which transport blood from the heart to the lungs. It causes the arteries to become narrowed, adding further stress to the ventricles of the heart. In effect, it increases the likelihood of heart failure.

The narrowing of arteries can be attributed to an injury on the layer of cells which line the small blood vessels found in the lungs. Over time, the injury is able to change the way these cells normally interact; causing the smooth muscle tissue to grow thicker.

What signs and symptoms does pulmonary hypertension present with?

This condition does not normally present with any noticeable symptoms until it has progressed into a later stage. When that happens, it can cause:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Swelling in the abdomen, ankles, or legs
  • Bluish lips and skin
  • Chest pain

Later on, as the condition continues to advance, it can lead to:

  • Heart palpitations
  • Constant dizziness
  • Difficulty of breathing (even while during rest)

What causes Pulmonary Hypertension?

Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) has been known to result from:

  • Lung conditions
  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Lupus erythematosus
  • Certain heart diseases
  • Thromboembolic disease
  • Obesity
  • Sleep apnea
  • Genetics

What other health complications can arise from untreated Pulmonary Hypertension?

Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) can lead to a series of life-threatening health problems if left untreated:

  • Arrhythmia
  • Blood Clots
  • Coughing up blood
  • Enlargement of the right portion of the heart
  • Heart failure

What treatment options are available for Pulmonary Hypertension?

Currently, there is yet to be a cure for Pulmonary Hypertension (PH). However, with the proper supportive care and symptom management, dangerous complications can be readily avoided. Available treatment for PH can either be taken orally, through inhalation, or via intravenous portals.