WHAT IS PH? (courtesy PH Association)
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a rare, debilitating disease in which high blood pressure in the arteries of the lung can lead to heart failure. Read More
SYMPTOMS OF PH
The symptoms for all types of pulmonary hypertension (PH) may be similar, and symptoms are usually more severe as the disease progresses. Symptoms may include:
The gold standard is the Right-Heart Catheterization (this is the only test that directly measures the pressure inside the pulmonary arteries) but evidence for PH may been seen on blood tests, chest x-ray, electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, pulmonary function test, 6-minute walk, V/Q scan. Read More
CAUSES of PH
PH is a complex and often misunderstood disease. There are several main kinds of PH:
heart diseases (aortic or mitral disease, left-heart failure)
lung conditions (tumors, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis) Read More
QUALITY of LIFE
PH is a serious illness that becomes progressively worse and can be fatal. Although PH isn't curable, treatments are available that can help lessen symptoms and improve quality of life.
Complications from PH may include: Right-sided heart failure, blood clots, arrhythmia, and bleeding.
While it can be difficult to manage, many patients develop strategies to cope. Making small changes in daily activities can make a big impact on how patients feel. Listen to your body and rest when you need to. Talk to your doctor about the possibility of supplemental oxygen. With a bit of patience, planning, and flexibility, patients may find ways to work, travel, exercise, and do things the love. Read More tips about Living with PH.
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