Pulmonary Hypertension occurs when the pressure in the blood vessels leading from the heart to the lungs is too high. With pulmonary hypertension, the blood vessels to the lungs develop an increased amount of muscle in the wall of the blood vessels. The signs and symptoms of pulmonary hypertension develop slowly. These can go unnoticed for months or years.
Some of the common symptoms are:
- Shortness of breath
- Dizziness or fainting spells
- Chest pain
- Swelling in the ankles, legs and abdomen
- Lips and skin and turn blue
Underlying causes of pulmonary hypertension include congenital heart disease, connective tissue disease, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, liver disease, blot clots to the lungs and genetics play an important role too. It can happen at all ages, including children and the chances increase with age. Although there is no cure for some types of pulmonary hypertension, treatment can help to reduce and enable a person to live a healthy, longer life. Keeping blood pressure in check is essential. Horizon Hospitals is known to have one of the best pulmonology departments in Thane and all of Mumbai.