Pulmonary Hypertension and Lupus
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a disease that causes high blood pressure in the lungs due to narrowing in the pulmonary arteries. It is a rare but life-threatening condition that causes thickening and narrowing of these vessels, which are responsible for transporting the blood from the heart to the lungs, forcing the heart to work harder to pump the blood.
Lupus is a complex condition that damages one or more organs, particularly the kidney, heart and lungs. The most common signs associated with the disease are shortness of breath, fatigue and fluid retention — symptoms that can also be experienced by patients with pulmonary hypertension. In fact, the development of lupus-associated PH is not completely understood and may be caused by more than just one problem. “It is not yet known, for example, whether lupus itself can directly cause PH, or whether lupus is simply a trigger for the development of PAH in susceptible individuals,” as explained in a report.
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