Pulmonary hypertension is a type of high blood pressure that affects the arteries in the lungs and the right side of your heart. There are many different types of pulmonary hypertension depending on the specific cause.
Our doctors are experts in the diagnosis and management of all types of pulmonary hypertension.
Pulmonary hypertension begins when tiny arteries in your lungs, called pulmonary arteries, and capillaries become narrowed, blocked or destroyed. This makes it harder for blood to flow through your lungs, and raises pressure within your lungs’ arteries. As the pressure builds, your heart’s lower right chamber (right ventricle) must work harder to pump blood through your lungs, eventually causing your heart muscle to weaken and eventually fail.
Pulmonary hypertension is a serious illness that becomes progressively worse and is sometimes fatal. Although pulmonary hypertension isn’t curable, treatments are available that can help lessen symptoms and improve your quality of life.
The signs and symptoms of pulmonary hypertension in its early stages may not be noticeable for months or even years. As the disease progresses, symptoms become worse.
Pulmonary hypertension symptoms include:
Shortness of breath
Dizziness or fainting spells
Chest pressure or pain
Swelling in your ankles, legs and eventually in your belly
Bluish color to your lips and skin
Racing pulse or heart palpitations