Scleroderma has often been associated with a higher risk of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). This is because, in patients with scleroderma, there is progressive blood vessel contraction (narrowing) that often leads to an increase in blood pressure in the lungs, which can develop into PAH.
In this Froedtert of the Medical College of Wisconsin video from November 2015, Lynn Carey discovered she had pulmonary hypertension at the age of 50. The underlying cause of her pulmonary hypertension turned out to be sine scleroderma.
Lynn’s pulmonary hypertension was so bad she needed to be on oxygen 24 hours a day, and couldn’t walk more than a few yards. Thankfully, she received a call telling her a pair of lungs were available, and Lynn’s life changed remarkably.
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