10 Signs of Pulmonary Hypertension

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According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, there are 10 main signs for pulmonary hypertension. While the individual symptoms on their own do not not mean you have PH, if you experience any combination of the symptoms you should see your doctor.

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Initial Symptoms – some of early signs and symptoms of PH include:


1. Shortness of breath.


Shortness of breath is feeling somewhat winded while doing slightly physically challenging activities such as climbing stairs or walking uphill.

Here are some tips to manage your shortness of breath.

2. Fatigue.

PAH and fatigue

Fatigue, or extreme tiredness due to over exertion or illness, may occur in PH due to poorly oxygenated blood.

Read more about how fatigue is amplified in sedentary women with PAH.

3. Pains in the chest area.

PAH in the elderly

Study highlights effects of shortness of breath and fatigue in PH patients quality of life. Read more here.

4. A rapid heartbeat.

pulmonary hypertension

Rapid heart beat or skipped beats (palpitations or arrhythmias) can be indicators of PH.

Find out more about what can cause pulmonary hypertension.

5. Experiencing pain in the upper right-hand side of the abdomen.


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6. Loss of appetite.


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Secondary Symptoms

As PH progresses, other symptoms become noticeable. They include:

7. Fainting


Faintness or dizziness can also be known as syncope.

Find out more about what can cause pulmonary hypertension.

8. Feeling dizzy or light-head, particularly when exercising or undergoing any physical exertion.


Discover more about pulmonary arterial hypertension here.

9. Sudden swelling in the legs and/or ankles (edema).


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10. Lips and/or skin taking on a blueish tinge.


Your lips or skin may turn blue, this is referred to as cyanosis (lack of oxygen in the blood).

“Lips Painted Blue” is an animated series that helps children understand more about PH and why their lips may change color if they have the disease.


Read more about pulmonary hypertension and edema here.

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