10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Pulmonary Hypertension

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Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a disease diagnosed when arteries responsible for carrying blood become thick, stiff and clogged. Normally, the arteries transport blood from the heart to the lungs, but in PH, the vessel flow is hampered leading to abnormally high blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries.

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PH is a serious and overwhelming disease. It’s commonly misdiagnosed, because its symptoms are similar to other — less serious — lung conditions. So, when finally accurately diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, there are some things patients should keep in mind.

Consider asking your doctor the following questions to address all of your doubts and make sure you know everything you need to about your condition (source: familydoctor.org and mayoclinic.org):

  1. Do you know the cause of my pulmonary hypertension? 
  2. What’s likely causing my symptoms? 
  3. Is the underlying condition treatable? 
  4. How often should I be screened for changes in my condition? 
  5. What’s the most appropriate treatment? What kind of tests will I need? 
  6. Are there any restrictions I need to follow?
  7. Can I exercise? What types of exercise are safe for me?
  8. If you have other health problems: Will my PH treatment affect the treatment of other health problems? 
  9. Will I need surgery? What does surgery entail? 
  10. Are there any brochures or other printed materials that I can take home with me? What websites do you recommend? 

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