Author Archives: Wendy Henderson

Testing for Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a rare, chronic disease that occurs when pulmonary arteries that carry blood from the heart to the lungs become narrow and tough, forcing the right side of the heart to work much harder to pump blood back to the lungs. The result ranges from shortness of breath to heart…

7 Pulmonary Hypertension Risk Factors

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a chronic lung disease that occurs when your pulmonary arteries become narrowed or blocked, causing increased blood pressure in the lungs and forcing the heart to work harder. Here are some risks factors for developing PH according to the Mayo Clinic.  1. Age: The average age at…

What Is the Six-Minute Walk Test?

The six-minute walk test is used to monitor patients with chronic lung diseases such as pulmonary hypertension (PH). It’s often part of the screening and diagnosis process and patients with the condition may have to have the test regularly to monitor the disease’s progression. MORE: Seven interesting facts about pulmonary hypertension According to …

7 Diseases That May Cause Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a chronic lung disease where the blood pressure in the lungs is dangerously elevated. This forces the right side of the heart to work much harder to pump oxygenated blood back into the lungs and can lead to heart failure. In many cases of pulmonary hypertension,…

What Is Familial Pulmonary Hypertension?

Familial pulmonary hypertension (or hereditary pulmonary hypertension) accounts for around 5 percent of cases. It is also known as primary pulmonary hypertension. MORE: The pathophysciology of pulmonary arterial hypertension The disease occurs three times more often in women than men and can develop at any age. It is often difficult…

How Pulmonary Hypertension Is Managed

In this video from GSK, Iain Armstrong, the chairman of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association U.K., talks about how pulmonary hypertension (PH) is managed. MORE: What to know about pulmonary hypertension and lung transplants Armstrong, who is also a nurse consultant, shares that he’s been working…

8 of the Most Common Lung Diseases in Women

There are many different lung diseases that vary in severity, but one thing is certain: the number of women developing and dying from lung diseases is rapidly rising in the U.S. With early diagnosis comes early treatment which can help prevent the disease from progressing too quickly. Here are some of the most common lung diseases affecting…