Approximately 200,000 Americans are living with the symptoms of pulmonary hypertension (PH), which include shortness of breath, dizziness, and pressure in the chest. While some are able to ignore the symptoms or self medicate by changing their lives to accommodate, it negatively impacts the overall quality of life and can have deadly outcomes if left untreated. Fortunately, Temecula has a pulmonologist who can diagnose your PH and implement an effective treatment plan that will have you breathing a heavy sigh of relief.
Pulmonary hypertension (PH/PAH) is a type of high blood pressure that affects the arteries of the lungs and the right side of the heart, causing too much pressure in the blood vessels leading from the heart into the lungs. PH is caused by the narrowing, thickening, blocking, or destroying of arterial walls, making it difficult for the arteries to work as effectively. In turn, this causes much less oxygen from the lungs to saturate the blood, causing a lower blood oxygen level and ensuing shortness of breath and other symptoms of low oxygen levels including fatigue and dizziness (especially when changing position).
With pulmonary hypertension, your heart has to work harder to pump blood through your lungs
Pulmonary hypertension makes you feel weak and short of breath
Approximately 200,000 Americans are living with the symptoms of pulmonary hypertension
The most common cause of pulmonary hypertension is left heart disease
Generally, pulmonary hypertension is not the primary disease, but rather, it is caused by underlying conditions or other chronic diseases including congenital heart disease, connective tissue disease, coronary artery disease, hypertension, cirrhosis of the liver, pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lungs), and chronic lung diseases such as emphysema and COPD.