Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary Hypertension Specialist
Pulmonary hypertension is a serious and potentially fatal disease that requires early and aggressive medical treatment. At Chinatown Cardiology, with three convenient locations in the Chinatown section of New York City and Brooklyn and Flushing, New York, our doctors have helped numerous patients manage the symptoms and prevent the progression of pulmonary hypertension.

Pulmonary Hypertension Q & A

What is pulmonary hypertension?

Pulmonary hypertension (PH), also called high blood pressure in the lung, is increased pressure in the pulmonary arteries, which move blood from the heart to the lungs. This forces the right side of the heart to work harder. PH is a chronic, incurable disease that leads to a stiffening of the walls of the arteries of the lungs.

What are the symptoms of pulmonary hypertension?

Symptoms of PH include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Loss of energy
  • Swelling of the arms, legs, ankles or abdomen
  • Bluish color to lips and skin
  • Heart palpitations
  • Dry cough

In advanced stages of PH, patients may suffer an irregular heartbeat and have trouble breathing, even at rest.

What causes pulmonary hypertension?

There are various forms of PH, and consequently, differing causes, including some unknown. Among the known causes: PH can be due to genetics, a congenital heart defect, certain connective tissue disorders and chronic infections, left-sided valvular heart disease, failure of the left ventricle, lung diseases, coronary heart disease, and chronic blood clots.

Can PH lead to further complications?

Yes. PH that progresses can lead to a number of serious conditions, including:

  • Enlargement of the right side of the heart
  • Heart failure.
  • Blood clots.
  • Arrhythmia.
  • Bleeding into the lungs and coughing up blood, which can be fatal.

How is PH treated?

There is no cure for PH, however, symptoms can be controlled and progress slowed to prevent further complications. Treatment generally includes medication. There are a wide range of possible choices, including oral, inhaled and intravenous options. Every patient is different and It can take some time to find which works best for each. In severe cases a heart or lung transplant may be recommended.

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