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Conditions We Treat: Pulmonary Hypertension (Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension)

Pulmonary hypertension means high blood pressure in the lungs — specifically in the pulmonary artery, which sends blood from the heart to pick up oxygen. Unlike the pressure of blood sent from the right side of the heart through the body, pulmonary pressure can't be measured with a blood-pressure cuff.

Pulmonary Hypertension: What You Need to Know

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  • For most people with pulmonary hypertension, there is a specific trigger, such as medication, conditions of the left ventricle, scleroderma or a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung). Others have no obvious explanation for their disease (primary pulmonary hypertension).
  • Pulmonary hypertension is difficult to diagnose because it mimics other conditions and can't be measured during a routine exam. Your doctor will need to rule out other conditions first.
  • Diagnostic procedures include an echocardiogram, electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG), catheterization and exercise test.
  • Your doctor's goal will be to treat any underlying condition and take steps to lower your blood pressure. Some people may need supplemental oxygen.
  • Pulmonary hypertension is rare.

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