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Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure in the arteries that lead from the heart to the lungs. 

Common symptoms of pulmonary hypertension include the following:

  • Bluish lips and skin (cyanosis)
  • Chest pain (angina)
  • Difficulty breathing (dyspnea)
  • Fainting spells (syncope)
  • Fatigue
  • Palpitations

Pulmonary hypertension: what you should know

  • By forcing the heart to work hard to pump blood, pulmonary hypertension can eventually lead to right heart failure or other potentially serious complications. There is no cure, but treatment may help ease symptoms and slow disease progression.
  • Those who have a family history of pulmonary hypertension are at a greater risk of developing the disease. It can also be caused by other diseases, including the following:

Care for pulmonary hypertension at Rush

When pulmonary hypertension is suspected, a diagnosis will be made using tests such as an echocardiogram, right heart catheterization and chest X-ray.

If a diagnosis is confirmed, an experienced pulmonologist at Rush will tailor a treatment plan for you based on the extent of the disease and your overall health. Treatment may include the following:

  • Angicoagulants to help blood flow more freely.
  • Diuretics to decrease the amount of fluid in the body, which reduces the heart’s workload.
  • Calcium channel blocking drugs to improve the heart’s ability to pump blood.
  • Lung transplant to remove one or both diseased lungs and replace it with a healthy one from another person.

Why choose Rush for pulmonary hypertension care

  • Rush consistently ranks among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report in some of the programs that may be involved in your care, including cardiology.
  • Because physicians at Rush specialize in pulmonary hypertension, they are equipped to handle the complexities of the disease.

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