Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a serious condition involving high blood pressure in the arteries that lead to the lungs. The blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to your lungs become hard and narrow, and your heart has to work harder to pump the blood through. Over time, the heart weakens and cannot do its job and you can develop heart failure.

Symptoms of Pulmonary Hypertension include: shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, a racing heartbeat, pain on the upper right side of the abdomen or decreased appetite. As PH worsens, it is increasingly difficult to do any physical activities.

Pulmonary Hypertension may be genetic or related to another condition, usually heart or lung disease. There is no cure for PH, however treatments can control symptoms. This involves treating the heart or lung disease, medication, oxygen therapy and sometimes lung transplantation.

 

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