8 Signs of Pulmonary Hypertension You Should Be Aware of

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Unfortunately, the symptoms of pulmonary hypertension are generally not apparent early on in the onset of the disease, and this may be the case for years to come. However, as PH progresses, signs and symptoms of the disease will become apparent. Here’s a list of eight common signs that may indicate you have pulmonary hypertension:

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1. Fatigue: Fatigue may occur due to poorly oxygenated blood.


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2. Shortness of breath: In an early phase this may occur when you are exercising, but will progress and become apparent when you are resting.


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3. Pain or perhaps pressure in the chest area.


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4. Abnormal heart beat: or skipped beats (palpitations or arrhythmias).


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5. Faintness or dizziness: which is known as syncope.


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6. Blue lips and blue skin: your lips or skin may turn blue, this is referred to as cyanosis (lack of oxygen in the blood).


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7.  Swollen legs and ankles/feet: also known as edema.

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8. Internal lung bleeding:  You may experience some blood when you cough (hemoptysis).

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