What is pulmonary hypertension?
Pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure in the arteries to your lungs. The serious condition can cause blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to your lungs to become hard and narrow. Your weakened heart may fail over time as it works harder to pump blood.
What causes pulmonary hypertension?
There are two main kinds of pulmonary hypertension. One runs in families or appears for no known reasons. The other is related to another condition, usually heart or lung disease.
What are the symptoms of pulmonary hypertension?
- Shortness of breath during routine activity, such as climbing two flights of stairs
- Chest pain
- Racing heartbeat
- Pain on the upper right side of the abdomen
- Decreased appetite
Why choose Ohio State for treatment of pulmonary hypertension?
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has specialists in pulmonology and cardiology who provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of pulmonary hypertension. Ohio State is one of the few hospitals in the Midwest that performs pulmonary thromboendarterectomy, the surgical removal of blood clots in the pulmonary artery. In advanced stages of pulmonary hypertension, lung transplantation is performed. In severe cases in which there has been damage to the heart, combined heart-lung transplantation may be required.
Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute