What’s the Link Between Pulmonary Hypertension and Liver Disease?
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a severe lung condition that causes shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, and dizziness among other symptoms. It’s a disease that can affect anyone, at any age, although women are more prone to developing the condition.
But pulmonary hypertension can also be related to other diseases, such as scleroderma, lupus, pulmonary fibrosis and, in this case, liver disease.
Is there an explanation for the association of pulmonary arterial hypertension with intravenous drug use or chronic liver disease? Does the risk of developing PAH increases with IV drug use? impactID.com clears up doubt with this short interview with Dr. Harrison Farber, where some of the potential causes of PAH are discussed, as well as the influence of intravenous drug and chronic liver disease.
Harrison W. Farber, MD, is the director of Pulmonary Hypertension Center Boston University/Boston Medical Center. Learn more about him.
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