Pulmonary hypertension is a fairly rare condition but can be devastating. It is frequently confused with asthma. The symptoms are most often seen in women between 20 and 40 and consist of shortness of breath, fatigue, dizziness, excess sweating upon exertion, excessive sleeping, weight gain and chest pains.
As the name applies, it involves excessively high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs. This causes the chambers on the right side of the heart to work much harder. It is the ventricle on the right side of the heart that pumps blood to the lungs to be oxygenated and then returned to the left side of the heart for eventual distribution throughout the entire body. By making the right side of the heart work harder than normal this impedes the overall flow of oxygen into the body.
This condition is frequently misdiagnosed. If not diagnosed and treated properly, it can be fatal. Frequently, the patient needs a lung transplant in order to survive.
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