Pulmonary hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure in the arteries of your lungs. It happens when the lung's tiny arteries narrow or become blocked. To keep blood flowing through these narrowed blood vessels, pressure increases in the arteries, which makes the lower right chamber (right ventricle) of your heart work harder. Eventually your heart begins to weaken and fail.

Pulmonary hypertension can happen by itself. But it is often caused by an existing disease. It is a rare condition that mostly affects women in their 30s or 40s. Scientists think the hormone estrogen may play a role in the onset of pulmonary hypertension. Treatments can reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.

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Review Date: 4/27/2016  

Reviewed By: Steven D. Ehrlich, NMD, Solutions Acupuncture, a private practice specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, Phoenix, AZ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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