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.
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.
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.
There are a number of different tests used to diagnose PH. Learn about the different diagnostic tests your doctor may perform.
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.
People living with pulmonary hypertension are encouraged to seek treatment from a PH specialist. Find a PH-treating physician in your area.
There are several different types of pulmonary hypertension, and treatment may vary depending on the type of PH you have.