10 Warning Signs of Pulmonary Hypertension

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Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a heart and lung disease that can affect anyone, at any age. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, there are 10 main signs for pulmonary hypertension. While the individual symptoms on their own do not mean you have PH, if you experience any combination of the symptoms you should see your doctor.

Here are some of the most common initial signs:


Shortness of breath is feeling somewhat winded while doing slightly physically challenging activities such as climbing stairs or walking uphill.

Here are some tips to manage your shortness of breath.

Fatigue, or extreme tiredness due to over exertion or illness, may occur in PH due to poorly oxygenated blood. If you experience any kind of abnormal tiredness, it’s important that you pay extra attention to it.

Read more about how fatigue is amplified in sedentary women with PAH.

Feeling abnormal pain in the chest area is something that you should always pay attention to. Because pulmonary hypertension affects not only the lungs but also the heart, you should be aware of any signs around your chest area to prevent the rapid progression of the disease.

Study highlights effects of shortness of breath and fatigue in PH patients quality of life. Read more here.

Rapid heartbeat or skipped beats (palpitations or arrhythmias) can be indicators of pulmonary hypertension. If you feel that your heart might be “working” in an atypical way, you should see a doctor right away.

Discover more about pulmonary arterial hypertension here.

Any type of abnormal pain is a sign that something might be wrong. In addition to pain in the chest area and shortness of breath, pain in the upper right-hand side of the abdomen could be a sign of PH.

Discover some breathing exercises that can help pulmonary hypertension patients.

Losing your appetite could is never a good sign. This could be an indicator that something is wrong and it can mean many different things, one of them being the development of pulmonary hypertension.

Discover nine diet tips for a better life with pulmonary hypertension here.

Feeling like you are going to faint, or feeling dizzy all the time (faintness or dizziness can also be known as syncope) can both be signs of pulmonary hypertension.

Find out more about what can cause pulmonary hypertension.

Feeling dizzy or lightheaded, particularly when exercising or undergoing any physical exertion, can be a sign that something’s wrong.

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If your legs, ankles or feet are swollen, something is definitely not ok. While it can be a problem with blood circulation, it could also mean something more serious, such as pulmonary hypertension. A visit to the doctor is advised.

Read more about pulmonary hypertension and edema here.

If your lips or skin turn blue, it can indicate something very serious such as PH. This is referred to as cyanosis (lack of oxygen in the blood).

“Lips Painted Blue” is an animated series that helps children understand more about PH and why their lips may change color if they have the disease.

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