Signs of Primary Pulmonary Hypertension

  posted by: Dennis


signs of pulmonary hypertensionAccording to the definition, pulmonary hypertension (PH) is an uncommon lung condition which arises when there is an elevated blood pressure to the pulmonary arteries or the blood vessels which transport lungs from the heart to the lungs. Once this happens, the right ventricle of the heart increases in size thus becoming weaker and becomes unable to pump sufficient blood to the lungs. A potential right heart failure may take place because of this.

Causes of Primary Pulmonary Hypertension

Although the exact cause of the issue isn’t known yet, there are also several factors linked for its occurrence such as the following:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Congenital heart diseases
  • HIV infection
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Lung diseases
  • Liver diseases
  • Specific drugs or medications

Signs and Symptoms of Pulmonary Hypertension

Below is a list of the commonly noted signs and symptoms of primary pulmonary hypertension. These symptoms may manifest in secondary PH as well:

  • Cough
  • Easy fatigability
  • Dizziness/ lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath even when at rest

At times when the disease has progressed, it displays other symptoms such as:

  • Chest pain
  • Irregularity in heartbeat
  • Racing pulse
  • Cyanosis or bluish discoloration of the skin
  • Fluid retention or swelling of the legs

PH Treatment

Types of treatment for pulmonary artery hypertension may actually vary from one case to another. But generally, medication treatment may include the following:

  • Supplemental Oxygen
  • Anticoagulants
  • Diuretics
  • Vasodilators
  • Calcium channel blockers

For more serious cases, heart and lung transplant may be performed. Moreover, lifestyle changes are strictly encouraged as well and take some necessary precautions such as avoiding pregnancy or any stressful events that may trigger the condition more. Finally, if any of the symptoms is experienced and you might be suspecting that you have the problem, then make sure to see you doctor immediately.




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Date: September 7, 2011 | Category: General Health
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