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"What is pulmonary hypertension?"

ZocdocAnswersWhat is pulmonary hypertension?


I was recently diagnosed with this after an angiogram


The best thing to do is to discuss this question with a cardiologist. Pulmonary hypertension is a term we use to describe high blood pressure in the lungs. I will explain further what that means. When doctors refer to someone's blood pressure, usually we are referring to their systemic blood pressure that is present in arteries throughout most of the body. This pressure is typically 120 mm Hg over 80 mm Hg (120/80). Blood pressure within the lungs is in a different circuit and therefore has different numbers. A typical pulmonary or lung blood pressure is 25/10. This is much lower than the body's blood pressure. The only way to measure it is with a catheter or an ultrasound. High blood pressure in the lungs can be caused by a number of problems such as blood clots in the lungs, left sided heart failure. autoimmune or inflammatory disease, or sometimes we just don't know why it happens. If left untreated, pulmonary hypertension can cause right sided heart failure. Symptoms of this are mostly shortness of breath with exertion and sometimes lightheadedness. The type of physician you want to be seeing for this is a cardiologist. Some cardiologists that treat congenital heart disease also treat pulmonary hypertension, so this might be the type of doctor you end up needing to see. Good luck.

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