The hallmark symptom of pulmonary hypertension is shortness of breath (dyspnea).

The hallmark symptom of pulmonary hypertension is shortness of breath (dyspnea).

Pulmonary hypertension (PH), or high blood pressure in the lungs’ blood vessels, is a serious and disabling condition that can progress rapidly if not properly identified and treated. The hallmark symptom of PH is shortness of breath (dyspnea). As the disease progresses, other symptoms may include dizziness and fainting, chest pain during exercise, increased heart rate, cough, and swelling in the lower extremities. Today’s post provides some key information about pulmonary hypertension from Dr. Aaron Waxman, Director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program – the only program in Massachusetts to be accredited by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association.

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