The ONE organ responsible for high blood pressure.
Facts About Pulmonary Hypertension
What is pulmonary hypertension? Pulmonary hypertension (PHT) is high blood pressure in the heart-lung system, which supplies fresh (oxygenated) blood to the heart while returning used (oxygen-deprived) blood back to the lungs. Pulmonary hypertension is dangerous because it interferes with blood flow through the heart and lungs. High blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries causes the arteries to become narrow. As a result, the heart has to work harder to pump oxygen-poor blood to the lungs. What are the warning signs of pulmonary hypertension? Signs and symptoms of pulmonary hypertension include:
- Blue lips and skin (cyanosis)
- Pressure or pain in the chest.
- Dizziness or fainting (syncope)
- Rapid pulse or heartbeat (palpitations)
- Shortness of breath (dyspnea), initially during exercise and eventually at rest.
- Left and right atrium and left and right ventricles of the heart
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- A typical heart has two upper chambers (atria) and two lower chambers (ventricles). Each time blood passes through the heart, the lower right ventricle (right ventricle) pumps blood to the lungs through a large blood vessel (pulmonary artery).
- Unknown cause (idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension)
- Gene changes passed down in the family (hereditary pulmonary arterial hypertension)
- Use of certain drugs or illegal substances
- Heart problems present at birth (congenital heart disease)
- Other conditions, such as HIV infection, chronic liver disease (cirrhosis) and connective tissue diseases (scleroderma, lupus, others)
- Left-sided valvular heart disease, such as mitral or aortic valve disease
- Failure of the lower part of the left ventricle (left ventricle)
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Scarring of the tissue between the air sacs in the lungs (pulmonary fibrosis)
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Long-term exposure to high altitudes in people who may be at increased risk for pulmonary hypertension
- Chronic blood clots in the lungs (pulmonary embolism) Other blood clotting disorders
- Blood disorders, including polycythemia vera and essential thrombocythemia
- Inflammatory diseases, such as sarcoidosis and vasculitis
- Metabolic disorders, including glycogen storage disease
- Kidney diseases
- Tumors compressing the pulmonary arteries