Hypertension and Pulmonary Embolisms
Pulmonary hypertension is a potentially life-threatening disease that affects the arteries connecting the heart to the lungs. These blood vessels narrow over time, which leads to an increase in blood pressure that causes additional damage and stress to them. While this damage cannot be reversed, with proper treatment, the condition can be managed.
Unfortunately, many patients go years without realizing that they have the condition at all. This is due to the fact that symptoms progress slowly and can be attributed to other causes in their early stages. By the time an official pulmonary hypertension diagnosis is made, these symptoms can be quite severe and tricky to deal with.