10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Pulmonary Hypertension

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Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a disease diagnosed when arteries responsible for carrying blood become thick, stiff and clogged. Normally, the arteries transport blood from the heart to the lungs, but in PH the vessel flow is hampered leading to abnormally high blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries. But how is pulmonary hypertension diagnosed? Learn more about it here. 

PH is a serious and overwhelming disease. It’s commonly misdiagnosed, because its symptoms are similar to other – less serious – lung conditions. So, when you finally get your accurate diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension, there are some things you should have in mind and consider asking your doctor so you can address all of your doubts and know everything you need to about your condition.

Here are some of those questions that we’ve put together for you (source: FamilyDoctor.org and MayoClinic.org websites):

1. Do you know what’s causing my pulmonary hypertension? 


Read about 8 red flag pulmonary hypertension symptoms you should be aware of.

2. What is likely causing my symptoms or condition? 


Read more about how pulmonary hypertension develops. 

3. Is the underlying condition treatable? 


You might be interested in reading more about Uptravi (selexipag) as a treatment for PH.

4. How often should I be screened for changes in my condition? 


Learn more about how PAH and systemic sclerosis patients are recommended to be annually screened. 

5. What’s the most appropriate treatment? What kind of tests will I need? 


Wondering about pulmonary hypertension treatments? Here’s what you should know. 

6. Are there any restrictions I need to follow?


Read more about 11 tips to self-manage pulmonary hypertension. 

7. Can I exercise? What kinds of exercise are safe for me?doc7

Learn more about pulmonary rehab, daily fitness and exercise for PH patients. 

8. I have other health problems. Will treatment for PH affect the treatment of my other health problems? 


Here’s a list of 11 pulmonary hypertension related diseases you should be aware of. 

9. Will I need surgery? What does surgery entail? 


Find out more about surgery for congenital heart disease with severe PH patients. 

10. Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take home with me? What websites do you recommend? 


You might be interest in learning more about 5 pulmonary hypertension online groups. 

Find out who is more at risk of developing pulmonary hypertension in this article. 

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