Short of breath? Signs of pulmonary hypertension
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a simplified name for a complex health problem – high blood pressure in the lung arteries. Pulmonary means having to do with the lungs, and hypertension means high blood pressure, explains Peter Engel, MD, medical director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Program at The Christ Hospital. PH is a disease that affects people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds.
Knowing the symptoms
PH is often not diagnosed in a timely manner because its early symptoms can be confused with those of many other conditions. Some symptoms of PH include:
- Breathlessness or shortness of breath, especially with activity
- Feeling tired all the time
- Lightheadedness, especially when climbing stairs or when standing up
- Swollen ankles, legs or stomach
- Chest pain, especially during physical activity
PH is a chronic condition that can become life threatening. Although there’s no cure, several treatments are available, and patients have more options than ever before. The FDA has approved several drugs for PH treatment; in some cases, an interventional procedure may also be worth exploring. Discuss your options with your physician.
The best care for PH involves specially trained experts and staff from a range of disciplines – including cardiology and pulmonology – who can provide helpful assistance and support. Our team approach at The Christ Hospital Pulmonary Hypertension Program ensures seamless care with the most effective diagnosis and treatment for PH. To learn more or to schedule an appointment with a PH specialist, please call 877-904-4YOU or visit www.TheChristHospital.com