Living with pulmonary hypertension can be quite difficult, especially if you’re a newly diagnosed patient. Since this is a rare condition, there are several questions that may come up which you feel the need to have answered. We’ve put together this list of nine of the most frequently asked questions concerning PH (source: Pulmonary Hypertension Association website):
1. What causes pulmonary hypertension? – Most of the time it’s impossible to identify the cause of PH and in these cases, we refer to it as idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension. If you suffer from other health conditions, such as scleroderma, HIV, liver disease (among others), pulmonary hypertension can also develop.
2. How does my doctor know I have PH? – Since this is a disease that can be extremely hard to diagnose in a routine medical exam, it’s not easy to have an accurate diagnosis. To help your physician diagnose you correctly, you will probably have to go through some specialized tests, such as a pulmonary function test and an echocardiogram, to determine if you have PH or not.