High blood pressure (hypertension) that affects the lungs is called pulmonary hypertension. There are also subtypes of the condition categorized based on their cause. This can include heart disease, lung disease, and a blockage in the heart’s arteries or blood vessels.
Approximately 1% of the population has pulmonary hypertension, though most people do not know about it until they or a loved one are diagnosed. Although it can be hard to detect, it is important to receive proper care and protect your heart, lungs, and health.
Symptoms of Pulmonary Hypertension
The onset of this condition is slow, so you may have it for several months or even years before noticing any symptoms. Early detection may be easier by understanding the condition, your risk factors, and the warning signs.
- Pressure in the chest
- Chest pain (angina)
- Frequent dizziness or fainting
- Shortness of breath, especially when exercising, then when at rest
- Chronic fatigue
- Feeling your heart beat faster or having a faster pulse than usual
- Noticeable swelling of the ankles, legs, and abdominal region
The most common symptom is shortness of breath. If you have a history of heart or lung disease, you may be at an increased risk of developing pulmonary hypertension. In this case, we suggest speaking with a pulmonologist who can monitor your health and manage your risks.
Pulmonary hypertension is incurable, but some treatments can reduce symptoms and lower your risk of complications.
Prescription medications can relax blood vessels and lower pressure in the lungs. Oxygen therapy can supply additional support to the body and make breathing easier.
In cases that do not respond to medication, surgery may be recommended.
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