THE CHLOE TEMTCHINE FOUNDATION
 
 
 

WHAT IS PH?

 
 
 
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Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a type of high blood pressure that affects the arteries in your lungs and the right side of your heart.

In one form of pulmonary hypertension, capillaries and tiny arteries in your lungs (called pulmonary arterioles) become narrowed, blocked or destroyed. This makes it harder for blood to flow through your lungs, and raises pressure within your lungs' arteries. As the pressure builds, your heart's lower right chamber (right ventricle) must work harder to pump blood through your lungs, eventually causing your heart muscle to weaken and fail.

Pulmonary Hypertension is a serious condition that becomes progressively worse. There is currently no cure for PH and, if left untreated, life expectancy is 2.8 years.

SYMPTOMS


The signs and symptoms of pulmonary hypertension in its early stages might not be noticeable for months or even years. As the disease progresses, symptoms become worse.

Pulmonary hypertension symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath (dyspnea), initially while exercising and eventually while at rest

  • Fatigue

  • Dizziness or fainting spells (syncope)

  • Chest pressure or pain

  • Swelling (edema) in your ankles, legs and eventually in your abdomen (ascites)

  • Bluish color to your lips and skin (cyanosis)

  • Racing pulse or heart palpitations

 
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