Pulmonary hypertension is a type of high blood pressure that affects the arteries in lungs and the right side of one's heart.Signs and symptoms of pulmonary hypertension include shortness of breath,difficulty breathing with exertion, dizziness, rapid breathing, and rapid heart rate.
HOW IS PULMONARY HYPERTENSION DIAGNOSED?
Pulmonary hypertension is diagnosed by measuring the pulmonary pressures by either ultrasound of the heart by echocardiography or right heart catheterization.
HOW IS PULMONARY HYPERTENSION TREATED?
Appropriate diagnosis and analysis of the problem is necessary before starting any treatment. Treatment varies by patient, based on the different underlying causes, but generally includes:
• taking medications,
• making lifestyle and dietary changes,
• having surgery, if necessary,
The surgery involves various types which include:
• Pulmonary thromboendarterectomy
• Lung transplantation
• Heart/lung transplantation
DID YOU KNOW?
Pulmonary hypertension occurs in individuals of all ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds, although it is much more common in young adults and is approximately twice as common in women as in men.