Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH)
What is PAH?
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) also known as pulmonary hypertension is high pressure in the blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to your lungs. This increased pressure in the blood vessels of the lungs will make your heart work harder to pump blood into the lungs. The common symptoms as shortness of breath, chest pain, and lightheadedness. If left untreated then it will cause damage to the heart.
What Causes PAH?
Pulmonary arterial hypertension can be caused by your inherited gene from the family or other medical conditions such as left heart disease, sickle cell disease, pulmonary embolus, venous thromboembolism, or COPD.
How is PAH treated?
There is no cure for PAH. Treatment plan will vary based on the cause of PAH. Oftentimes, doctors may recommend healthy lifestyle change, or medications that aimed to prevent the symptoms from getting worse.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute:
Pulmonary Hypertension Association: