What is it?
Pulmonary hypertension , also called as pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), is a type of high blood pressure that affects arteries in the lungs and in the heart.It is a rare condition that can affect people of all ages, but it’s more common in people who have another heart or lung condition. It is a serious condition that can lead to eventual right-heart failure and death.
What are the symptoms?
There may not have any symptoms until the condition is quite advanced. Symptoms of pulmonary hypertension include: shortness of breath (difficult or labored breathing on exertion) fatigue, caused by the heart having to pump harder and harder feeling faint or dizziness chest pain and pressure (angina) a racing heartbeat (palpitations) swelling (oedema) in the legs, ankles, feet or tummy (abdomen) The symptoms often get worse during exercise, which can limit your ability to take part in physical activities.
- Get plenty of rest
- Stay as active as possible.
- Follow a nutritious diet and stay at a healthy weight.
- In case of active disease, restrict your physical activity
- Avoid pregnancy and birth control pills.
- Avoid traveling to or living at high altitudes.
- Avoid situations that can excessively lower blood pressure.
Things to watch out for
Contact your GP if you think you have symptoms of pulmonary hypertension. If symptoms are severe, call 000 or your nearest emergency service