Testing for Pulmonary Hypertension

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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 failure.

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In this video from the Royal Free Hospital in London, Dr. Benji Schreiber tells you what to expect if you are referred to lung specialists who suspect you may have pulmonary hypertension. Schreiber explains some of the basic tests you might undergo such as lung function tests, urine and blood tests, MRI scans, and a right heart catheter.

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