Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a disease characterized by high blood pressure in the lungs that affects the vessels responsible for transporting blood from the heart to the lungs, which are called pulmonary arteries. It is a rare, life-threatening disease, with a higher incidence among women and older people.
In addition to experiencing symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, dizziness, chest pressure or pain, swelling in the ankles, legs and abdomen, bluish color of the lips and skin and irregular heartbeat, patients are also more predisposed to the development of other medical conditions.
Among these diseases is pneumonia. Pneumonia is the cause of death in patients who suffer from pulmonary hypertension in seven percent of cases since the lungs cannot tolerate pulmonary infections.
But how do pulmonary hypertension and pneumonia relate?
Patients diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension have their heart and lungs compromised and are more susceptible to the development of additional lung disorders. This is why patients are advised to get a pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine and yearly flu vaccines to avoid suffering from pneumonia.
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