Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH)
Primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH)—also known as primary arterial hypertension (PAH)—is a condition that causes high blood pressure in the artery that carries blood from the heart to the lungs. If left untreated, PPH can force the heart to have to work harder in order to pump blood. This could eventually lead to heart failure and eventual death.
Because many patients show few or no symptoms from the disease, PPH is often misdiagnosed. This can cause delays in beginning treatment of the condition, which may increase the risk of serious injury or death.
The most commonly reported symptoms of primary pulmonary hypertension are shortness of breath, weakness, and recurrent fainting or passing out. Physical examination by a doctor may also reveal heart problems, including increased heart sounds, heart murmurs, pulmonic regurgitation (in which blood flows the wrong way in the arteries) or other heart symptoms.
If a doctor suspects that a patient may have PPH, they may order blood work to rule out other conditions that may be causing symptoms to occur. An angiogram, CT scan, pulmonary function test, sleep study or other tests may also be performed to examine how well the heart is functioning.
Patients who are diagnosed with PPH may need to change their diet, increase their level of physical activity or make other lifestyle changes. A doctor may also prescribe medications such as Remodulin, Tracleer or Flolan to treat this condition. In the event that these hypertension treatments and lifestyle changes are not enough to treat PPH, a lung transplant or heart transplant may become necessary.
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