Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is life threatening disorder that gets worse over time, but right treatment can help your symptoms, so that you can live better with the disorder. It will take some planning, but numerous people who have it find ways to do things that they love the most.

Having pulmonary hypertension means you have high blood pressure that reaches from heart to your lungs. It is totally different from having a regular high blood pressure. With PH, the tiny arteries in the lungs become narrow or blocked. It becomes harder for the blood to flow through them and that commonly raises the blood pressure in the lungs. The heart then has to work hard to pump blood through the arteries, and this process results into weak heart muscles and thereafter into a heart failure.

We at Vimhans PrimaMed Pulmonology & Chest Medicine Center specializing in the treatment of the PH offer access to exceptionally trained physicians, research, nurse coordinators and support staff, so that the patients could be cured under world class supervision.

Causes

Below are given some illnesses that may lead to the high blood pressure in your lungs:

Blood clots in the lungs
Congestive heart failure
HIV
Illegal drug use
Liver diseases
A heart defect you are born with
Lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or pulmonary fibrosis
Sleep apnea
Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, and other autoimmune diseases

Symptoms

In the initial phase you will hardly be able to notice any symptoms. The prime one is the shortness of breath when you are active. It commonly starts slowly and gets worse with the passage of time. Some other symptoms are:

Chest Pain
Passing out
Fatigue
Swelling in your ankles and legs

Treatment

Pulmonary hypertension differs from person to person, so treatment plan will also be specific to your needs. You better consult your doctor for the best options and expectations.

In case emphysema is the main cause of the problems, you will be treated to improve your pulmonary hypertension. People in large numbers avail treatment to improve their breathing, which makes it quite easy to perform your daily tasks actively. Oxygen therapy will help you in case of low oxygen levels in your blood. It helps you live longer.

In case of blood clots, the doctor may recommend blood thinners.
If you have severe PH, the doctor may prescribe medications known as calcium channel blockers. The work of these medications is to lower the blood pressure in the lungs as well as in the rest of body.

In more severe conditions, if medicines do not help, the doctor may recommend a lung transplant or a procedure known as atrial septostomy.

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