What Exactly Is Pulmonary Hypertension?

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In this video from the Temple Hospital, nurse practitioner, Debra Gillman explains pulmonary hypertension (PH) and some of the most common symptoms associated with the disease.

MORE: Read about the treatment options available for pulmonary hypertension.

Pulmonary hypertension is a type of high blood pressure that affects the pulmonary arteries, responsible for carrying blood from the heart to the lungs. This elevation of blood pressure often forces the right side of the heart to work much harder. It becomes enlarged and weak, losing its ability to effectively pump oxygenated blood to the lungs.

Some of the symptoms patients present include dizziness, fatigue, fluid retention in the legs and ankles, and a bluish tint to the skin or lips. As the disease progresses, patients may also experience shortness of breath, a racing heartbeat, and fainting spells.

MORE: Seven diseases that may cause pulmonary hypertension.

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