Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can increase the risk of serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke. While most people have no signs or symptoms of the disease, even in cases of dangerously high blood pressure, there are some signs which can indicate that an individual has hypertension.
Some people who are in the early stages of hypertension may experience dull headaches, dizzy spells, visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting or an unusually high number of nose bleeds. For the most part, however, these symptoms usually don’t appear until an individual has an advanced case of hypertension, and may indicate that the disease has reached a life-threatening stage.
If left untreated, hypertension can damage the body’s organs, including the heart, kidneys or eyes. This can lead to a number of other serious and potentially deadly conditions, including heart attack or heart failure, stroke, chest pain (angina), abnormal heartbeat, kidney disease, peripheral artery disease or eye damage.
A rare form of the disease known as primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH), or idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension, causes elevated blood pressure in the pulmonary artery, which carries blood from the heart to the lungs.
The most common symptoms reported by patients with PPH include shortness of breath, weakness, recurring spells of fainting or passing out. Women are more likely to experience symptoms than men.
Because many patients with PPH show few or no symptoms, diagnosis is usually made through medical testing after other similar conditions have been ruled out. These tests may reveal increased heart sounds, pulmonic regurgitation (blood flowing backwards from the pulmonary artery into the right ventricle of the heart), heart murmurs or pulsations in the jugular vein.
The law firm of Hissey Kientz is investigating cases involving consumers who may have developed primary pulmonary hypertension or primary arterial hypertension after using Fen Phen or herbal Fen Phen products, including those containing ephedra. If you or a loved one have used Fen Phen or herbal Fen Phen and suffered primary pulmonary hypertension, primary arterial hypertension (PAH), stroke, heart attack, or other injuries or heart problems, please contact us to learn more about your legal rights. You can reach us by calling toll-free at (866) 275-4454, or by filling out a free case evaluation form to the right of this page.