What is Pulmonary Hypertension?

Pulmonary hypertension represents a spectrum of diseases that share the common finding of high blood pressure in the lung. This complex disorder can be caused by many health conditions, including heart, lung, liver, blood, and immunologic diseases. Pulmonary hypertension is generally progressive and essentially incurable. Ultimately, pulmonary hypertension can lead to heart failure and eventual death. However, recent advances in drug therapy have led to significant improvements in symptoms and survival.

Pulmonary Hypertension Signs and Symptoms

Patients suffering from pulmonary hypertension may experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Leg swelling
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Fainting
  • Chest pain