What is Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH)?

Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) also known as pulmonary hypertension is high pressure in the blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to your lungs. This increased pressure in the blood vessels of the lungs will make your heart work harder to pump blood into the lungs. The common symptoms as shortness of breath, chest pain, and lightheadedness. If left untreated then it will cause damage to the heart.

What Causes PAH?

Pulmonary arterial hypertension can be caused by your inherited gene from the family or other medical conditions such as left heart disease, sickle cell disease, pulmonary embolus, venous thromboembolism, or COPD.

Who is at risk?

  • Risk that cannot be changed:
    • Old age
    • Family history of PAH
    • Blood clotting disorder or family history of blood clots in the lungs
    • Genetic disorders (ie. congenital heart disease)
  • Risk that can be changed:
    • Overweight
    • Living at a high altitude
    • Illicit drug use
    • Use of serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)

Common Symptoms*

  • Shortness of breath (dyspnea), initially while exercising and eventually while at rest
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness or fainting spells (syncope)
  • Chest pressure or pain
  • Swelling (edema) in your ankles, legs and eventually in your abdomen (ascites)
  • Bluish color to your lips and skin (cyanosis)
  • Racing pulse or heart palpitations

How is PAH treated?

There is no cure for PAH. Treatment plan will vary based on the cause of PAH. Oftentimes, doctors may recommend healthy lifestyle change, or medications that aimed to prevent the symptoms from getting worse.

*Please consult with your health care provider before making any health care decisions or guidance about a specific medical condition.

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