Pulmonary hypertension is a dangerous condition that can cause or worsen existing congestive heart failures. Some common underlying conditions that can cause pulmonary hypertension are high blood pressure within the lungs, congenital heart disease, atherosclerosis of the heart, blood clots in the pulmonary arteries, and/or chronic lung infections such as pneumonia, pleuritis, or adenomyosis. Pulmonary hypertension is often manifested with chest pain or discomfort, increased heart rate, shortness of breath during normal activity, coughing with mucus, decreased vision, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation. Pulmonary hypertension can result in symptoms such as cough, wheezing, dizziness, fainting, hypotension, heart failure, or sudden death. For more details click Nova Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Associates, LLC-Northern Virginia Pulmonary.
Pulmonary hypertension usually occurs in smokers, people with cardiopulmonary disorders (such as asthma and COPD), and people with lung disease caused by smoking or breathing in polluted air. Pulmonary hypertension often occurs with mild or asymptomatic conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which does not require treatment. However, people who suffer from severe conditions, such as those mentioned above, may have serious and even life-threatening complications. Such patients need prompt medical evaluation and treatment in order to avoid or mitigate the complications associated with this condition.
Pulmonary hypertension is treated differently depending on the underlying cause of the condition. Medications can be prescribed to reduce blood pressure, surgery to remove a tumor or enlarged tonsil, chemotherapy, and immunization. In recent years, non-traditional approaches have also been gaining popularity such as yoga, acupuncture, magnets, biofeedback, homeopathy, home energy generation, and mesotherapy. These alternative treatments can treat or alleviate symptoms of pulmonary embolism, heart failure, chronic cough, pleuritis, asthma, or acute respiratory distress syndrome. Pulmonary embolism is treated using an artificial sphincter, a type of valve in the body that keeps a blood supply to the lungs.