Skip to Navigation

Page Header
June 2010 | 1 Comments | Print

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
  • Fainting

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.

Breathe easy!

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

119 people recommend this.
Vote up!


* Please do not include any medical, personal or confidential information in your comment. Conversation is strongly encouraged; however, we reserve the right to moderate comments as needed to prevent medical, personal and confidential information from being posted on this site. In addition, all spam, personal attacks, profanity, and off-topic commentary will be removed. By submitting your comment you are agreeing to the Privacy Policy above.


That addresses several of my concerns actually.

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.

Access Other Health Topics

find a location

With affiliated physician offices, testing centers and other outpatient locations conveniently located throughout the Greater Cincinnati area, The Christ Hospital is always close by.

Find a location near you »

find a physician

Quickly search for a physician by name, specialty or location. Or, if you prefer, call our toll-free Physician Referral Line at 877-904-4YOU to find a doctor who’s right for you.

The Christ Hospital Physician Search »

Get Healthy Recipes

Recipes Promo

Finding healthy recipes that fit your diet and lifestyle is easy if you know where to look.

Get recipes from The Christ Hospital »

Brought to you by: