Pulmonary hypertension is a severe and chronic condition that requires medical management to avoid worsening symptoms and dangerous complications. The board-certified team at Peak Heart & Vascular provides expert diagnosis and care for all types of pulmonary hypertension. With your experienced provider's help, you can improve your health and enjoy a robust, full life even with a diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension. To schedule an appointment with a compassionate provider, call the Laveen, Sun City West, or Surprise, Arizona, office today, or book online.
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is high blood pressure that affects the arteries in your lungs. It can also affect the right side of your heart, which is responsible for circulating blood to and from your lungs.
Pulmonary hypertension causes the blood vessels of the lungs to become damaged, hardened, and narrowed. This forces your heart to work harder to pump enough blood to your lungs. Eventually, the stress on your heart muscle can lead to heart failure.
This chronic condition can have severe health consequences, but a trusted provider at Peak Heart & Vascular can help you manage the disease so you can lead a normal life.
Common signs and symptoms of pulmonary hypertension include:
You may also experience a fast pulse or heart palpitations.
Pulmonary hypertension is divided into five categories:
Different factors can also contribute to the five categories of pulmonary hypertension. These include:
Other risk factors for pulmonary hypertension include being overweight, living at high altitudes, and exposure to environmental toxins, like asbestos.
To diagnose pulmonary hypertension, your Peak Heart & Vascular provider begins with a health history, a discussion about your symptoms, and a physical exam. They listen to your heart and lungs and check for signs of underlying conditions. They may also perform a pulmonary function test to evaluate the health of your lungs.
In some cases, your doctor may recommend a sleep study, diagnostic imaging, or a right heart catheterization to identify the exact cause of your symptoms.
Your caring doctor at Peak Heart & Vascular works with you to create a personalized plan to manage your condition. Based on the cause and type of pulmonary hypertension, your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes, like quitting smoking, dietary changes, and increased exercise.
They may also prescribe medications such as vasodilators, which help reopen narrow arteries to increase blood flow. They may also use medication to address any underlying conditions that contribute to pulmonary hypertension.
To schedule an evaluation for pulmonary hypertension with an outstanding member of the medical team at Peak Heart & Vascular, call the office today or request an appointment online.