what is Pulmonary Hypertension?

What is Pulmonary Hypertension?

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a serious medical condition, and should not be confused with hypertension (high blood pressure). Click here to learn more about what PH is.

You will have a number of tests to see if you have PH. If you have PH, it is important to find out which type of PH you have. Not all forms of PH are serious, and some do not need to be treated directly.

Symptoms of PH

The main symptom of PH is breathlessness. This is the symptom that people will normally notice first. Other symptoms may include dizziness, feeling faint, swelling of the feet or ankles, and chest pain (particularly during exercise).

Watch an explanation of what PH is, taken from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA UK) DVD, Understanding Pulmonary Hypertension – a guide to diagnosis and treatment, here.

Last medically reviewed: July, 2016 • Due for review: July, 2019

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