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Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a condition caused by high blood pressure in the arteries that carry blood from your heart to your lungs. In patients with PH, the heart has to work harder to pump blood to the lungs. Over time, PH can weaken the heart and, ultimately, cause heart failure. Untreated, PH is almost always fatal.
There are two main types of PH—primary and secondary.
Primary PH includes these subtypes:
Secondary PH is a side effect that results from another condition, such as:
Pulmonary hypertension most commonly affects individuals between the ages of 20 and 60. It is unknown how many people have the disorder.
There is no cure for PH, but treatments and lifestyle changes can help control the symptoms and slow the progress of the disease.
Pulmonary hypertension develops slowly, and people sometimes have the disease for years without knowing it. Symptoms may be similar to those of other heart or lung conditions, including:
Some people experience swelling in the legs and ankles, light-headedness, bluish-colored lips and skin, and difficulty doing physical activity as the condition worsens.
If PH is suspected when you visit Norton Thoracic Institute (NTI), you will receive a full examination to evaluate your physical health and family medical history, plus any of the following:
Untreated, PH is nearly always a fatal disease. While there is no cure for PH, significant advancements in treatment options are offering hope to those with this condition. NTI offers advanced treatment for PH designed to:
Your individualized treatment plan may include such therapies as:
There is currently no cure for PH, but you can take steps to manage your disease:
Norton Thoracic Institute offers all FDA-approved agents, including subcutaneous and intravenous prostacyclin infusions. Patients also have the option of enrolling into investigational protocols and participating in cutting-edge research.
To learn more about Norton Thoracic Institute's services, call 602.406.4000.