What is Pulmonary Hypertension (PH)?
- Pulmonary Hypertension is a severe, progressive, life-changing and life-threatening disorder of the heart and lungs in which blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries is above normal, and which can lead to heart failure and death. There is no cure.
- Patients with PH develop a markedly decreased exercise capacity and a reduced quality of life.
- The most common symptoms of PH include: shortness of breath, chest pain, bluish lips hands and feet, fatigue, swollen ankles and legs, dizziness and fainting, all of which are worsened by exertion.
- As the symptoms of PH are non-specific, diagnosis can be delayed by as much as two years.
- Early diagnosis is essential and accurate identification of the PH type is essential as a delay in treatment initiation can have a negative impact on survival.
- Continuous treatment monitoring is then vital to ensure that patients are receiving optimal care for their particular type and stage of disease.
- There are five different types of PH and each can affect the patient in a different way and every patient may have a different etiology and manifestation of PH.
- There are many types of treatments available in Canada today – both oral and intravenous. Since 1997, nine PH-specific treatments have been approved in Canada, and thanks to these advancements, many patients are living longer and healthier lives. Read more in details here: http://www.phacanada.ca/en/about-ph/learn-more/
- For the best chance of success, patients need to be treated at an expert PH centre. To find a PH centre visit Living With PH.
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