About Pulmonary Hypertension

High blood pressure in the lungs is called pulmonary hypertension (PH) or pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). PAH is a chronic and life-changing disease that can lead to right heart failure if left untreated.

In this short video, Dr. Vallerie McLaughlin explains the basics of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).

To learn more about PH and PAH, explore this section or read a PAH Education Fact Sheet developed by the American Thoracic Society (ATS) for their Patient Information Series. PHA is a member organization of ATS's Public Advisory Roundtable.

What are the symptoms of pulmonary hypertension?

PH patients experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, dizziness and fatigue, and the severity of symptoms usually correlates with the progression of the disease.

Who gets pulmonary hypertension?

PH affects people of all ages, races and ethnic backgrounds. Although anyone can get PH, there are risk factors that make some people more susceptible.

How is pulmonary hypertension diagnosed?

There are a number of different tests used to diagnose PH. Learn about the different diagnostic tests your doctor may perform.

What are the treatment options for pulmonary hypertension?

While there is currently no cure for PH, different treatment options are available to help you manage your disease and feel better day to day.

What kind of doctors treat pulmonary hypertension?

People living with pulmonary hypertension are encouraged to seek treatment from a PH specialist. Find a PH-treating physician in your area.

What are the different types of pulmonary hypertension?

There are several different types of pulmonary hypertension, and treatment may vary depending on the type of PH you have.

 

Visual Resources

Check out the interactive, animated visual diagrams about pulmonary hypertension at KnowYourPH.org.

PAH FACT SHEET

The American Thoracic Society (ATS), of which PHA is a member organization in their Public Advisory Roundtable, developed a Patient Education Fact Sheet. As part of ATS's Patient Information Series, the fact sheet provides a comprehensive and easy-to-understand overview of PAH.

PHA Classroom

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Visit the About PH section of the PHA Classroom to watch videos about diagnostic tests, treatments and research.

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