what is Pulmonary Hypertension?

What is Pulmonary Hypertension?

Click here to watch a short video which explains more about pulmonary hypertension and how it affects the body

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).

This simple animation explains exactly what the condition is:

When you have PH, sometimes it can be hard to explain to other people how it makes you feel. And as well as physical symptoms, it can affect you in other ways too. Click here to watch a short video designed to help people understand.

Last medically reviewed: November, 2020 • Due for review: November, 2023