Pulmonary Hypertension


The benefits of exercise to ease pulmonary hypertension are well documented.

Firstly we need to know that pressure in the lung arteries becomes elevated during pulmonary hypertension. This pressure can result from tightening of the blood vessels that supply blood to the lungs. Pulmonary hypertension is a rare disorder affecting only 2 in every 1 million people.

Secondary pulmonary hypertension occurs as a result of another disease of the heart and lungs. The cause of primary pulmonary hypertension is unknown and is more common in young females. This condition is rarely detected during routine physical examinations and, therefore, often progresses to later stages before being diagnosed. Here are some symptoms to look for when dealing with this illness:

  • shortness of breath engaging in regular activities
  • fatigue
  • chest pain
  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • swollen ankles
  • pale lips and skin

The aim for treatment of this condition is to deal with its underlying cause, if known. Surgery and medications are examples of some treatment options that are available. Surgery could include a lung transplant or removal of a blood clot. Medications could include blood thinners, calcium channel blockers or diuretics. Some people require supplemental oxygen if breathing becomes difficult.

There is no way to prevent or cure this disease. However, changes in lifestyle may assist patients in daily activities - a healthy diet, plenty of rest and not smoking are a great start.



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