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Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) is a rare, complex and chronic lung disease, which currently has no cure

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What Is Pulmonary Hypertension?

Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) is a rare, complex and chronic lung disease, which currently has no cure. PH, or high blood pressure in the lungs, makes it difficult for a patient to receive adequate oxygen and forces the heart to work harder, often resulting in heart failure and death. It is often confused with asthma or COPD.

PH can be difficult to diagnose in a routine medical exam because the most common symptoms of PH are also associated with many other conditions.

PH patients spend an average of 2 to 3 years seeking an accurate diagnosis. 75% of patients will have advanced PH by the time they are diagnosed.

Proper and early diagnosis is crucial for patient care, and it begins with awareness.

Symptoms Of Pulmonary Hypertension May Include:

  • Shortness of breath. PH patients may experience this even while resting
  • Fatigue. This is caused by poorly oxygenated blood
  • Pain or pressure in the chest
  • Fast heartbeat or skipped beating
  • Fainting or dizziness
  • Swelling in the legs and ankles
  • Internal lung bleeding and coughing up blood
  • This list of symptoms may be related to other conditions, but may be a sign of pulmonary hypertension

PH patients experience symptoms of shortness of breath, dizziness and fatigue.

Without treatment and proper diagnosis, the mean survivability is only 2.8 years.

Though there are 14 FDA approved therapies available to treat adults with PH, only one of these therapies is approved for use in children. There is no cure.

Awareness allows patients to be accurately diagnosed and treated more quickly.