How Do You Recognize Pulmonary Hypertension Symptoms?
• Recognize the symptoms of the disorder. These include: • Shortness of breaths with minimal exertion. • Lightheaded. • Chest pain (angina). • Palpitations. • Fainting. • Swollen ankles and legs (edema). • Feeling tired all the time. • Fluid in the stomach (ascites). • Know that the symptoms of pulmonary hypertension may also be symptoms of other diseases, such as congestive heart failure. Your physician should rule out other diseases before making a diagnosis. • Be aware that PH may develop after pregnancy, valvular heart diseases, scleroderma, vasculitis, sleep–disordered breathing and hypoxemia, lung diseases, chronic thromboembolic disease, liver diseases, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or HIV infection. Understand that there there is no cure for PH, but there are several treatments available directed at treating the underlying problem. These could consist of the mixing of numerous medications, various therapies, or a lung transplant.