Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) is high blood pressure in the arteries to your lungs. It is a serious condition. If you have it, the blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to your lungs become hard and narrow. Your heart has to work harder to pump the blood through. Over time, your heart weakens and cannot do its job and you can develop heart failure.
Signs and symptoms of pulmonary hypertension include
- shortness of breath,
- difficulty breathing with exertion,
- rapid breathing, and
- rapid heart rate.
Pulmonary hypertension is diagnosed by measuring the pulmonary pressures by either ultrasound of the heart (echo-cardiogram) or right heart catheterization.
The treatment for pulmonary hypertension can include oxygen, diuretics, blood thinners, medications that open the pulmonary arteries, and treatments for any underlying disease.