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.
Since pulmonary hypertension is a rare disease and its symptoms are very similar to other respiratory and lung diseases, patients are often misdiagnosed many times and doctors can take several years to get an accurate diagnosis of PH. Asthma, sleep apnea or COPD are some of the diseases that are usually diagnosed instead of pulmonary hypertension.
In this video from 2012 by UT Health Northeast, we find the renowned University of Texas Health Science Center pulmonologist Dr. Julie Philley briefly explaining pulmonary hypertension, defining PH, pointing to causes, symptoms, how to diagnose, and general differences between pulmonary hypertension and “regular” high blood pressure. She also acknowledges the existence of prior defects or illnesses that lead up to pulmonary hypertension and how properly treating those defects earlier may make PH “disappear”.
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