Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a rare lung disease that refers to an increase in blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries. These are the arteries that carry deoxygenated blood from a person’s heart to the lungs to pick up oxygen.
Unfortunately, PH affects anyone, no matter what age, gender or race. In this article, we meet a family who is fighting pulmonary hypertension together.
Erica Huntzinger, currently a pulmonary hypertension (PH) activist and advocate, remembers when her mother, Susan, began to experience PH symptoms in her mid-30s but went undiagnosed for more than a quarter century. During this period, Susan suffered two respiratory failures, a heart attack, and as many as five emergency room visits a year for shortness of breath.
But why is PH so hard to diagnose? Part of the reason PH has historically been a neglected disease relative to, say, cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, is doubtless due to PH onset often being vague and insidious. In fact, PH is often misdiagnosed as asthma.
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