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The form of high blood pressure that affects the arteries in the lungs and the right side of the heart is known as pulmonary hypertension. Individuals with pulmonary hypertension would not exhibit any signs and symptoms in the early stages of this disorder but as the disease progresses they could experience fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain and heart palpitations.
HOW IS PULMONARY HYPERTENSION DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Pulmonary Hypertension is done based on your symptoms and review of your family and medical history. Cardiologists may order for diagnostic tests like echocardiogram, chest X-ray, electrocardiogram and right heart catheterization. A pulmonary function test helps diagnose pulmonary damage due to Pulmonary Hypertension
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 can be caused by a type of congenital heart disease known as Eisenmenger syndrome.