Pulmonary Specialists in Fremont
Pulmonary hypertension—also called pulmonary arterial hypertension—is
a specific form of high blood pressure that impacts the arteries located
in your lungs as well as the arteries in the right side of your heart.
Symptoms of this condition include shortness of breath, dizziness, fatigue,
and a feeling of pressure in the chest. Over time, this condition can
deteriorate, getting steadily worse. Fortunately, treatment is available.
Certain medications and oxygen therapy have been known to be greatly successful
in assisting patients with pulmonary hypertension, helping them manage
symptoms and achieve improved quality of life.
Risk Factors for Pulmonary Hypertension
Anyone can get this condition, but some risk factors that make an individual
more susceptible include:
- A family history of pulmonary hypertension
- Women are 2.5 times more likely to get this condition than men; especially
women of childbearing age
- Living at a high altitude for a long period of time
- Suffering from associated diseases such as liver disease, congenital heart
disease, lupus and other connective tissue disorders, and lung disease
- Obesity with obstructive sleep apnea
- Use of certain drugs including methamphetamines and a diet pill known as
Living with Pulmonary Hypertension
Pulmonary hypertension can be diagnosed using a number of medical tests,
including but not limited to chest X-rays, blood tests, pulmonary function
tests, echocardiograms, and more. There is no known cure for pulmonary
hypertension, but there are effective treatments that can help manage
symptoms and improve daily life. Some treatments include medications,
surgery in the form of a heart or lung transplant, and oxygen therapies.
Ask your doctor at Washington Township Medical Foundation in Fremont about
options that are right for you.