Pulmonary hypertension is a rare lung disorder in which the arteries that carry blood from the heart to the lungs become narrowed, making it difficult for blood to flow through the vessels. As a result, the blood pressure in these arteries -- called pulmonary arteries -- rises far above normal levels. This abnormally high pressure strains the right ventricle of the heart, causing it to expand in size. Overworked and enlarged, the right ventricle gradually becomes weaker and loses its ability to pump enough blood to the lungs.
HOW IS PULMONARY HYPERTENSION DIAGNOSED?
A pulmonologist would diagnose the issue by observing your family history and details along with doing a lung x-ray and scan. MRI and genetic testing is also done.
HOW IS PULMONARY HYPERTENSION TREATED?
The treatment for pulmonary hypertension can include oxygen, diuretics, blood thinners, medications that open the pulmonary arteries, and treatments for any underlying disease.
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