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What're the symptoms of pulmonary hypertension?

Symptoms of primary pulmonary hypertension include shortness of breath (dyspnea) especially during exercise, chest pain, and fainting episodes. The exact cause of primary pulmonary hypertension is unknown. Swelling, especially around the ankles, is a sign of right-side heart failure. Some people with pulmonary hypertension have connective tissue disorders, especially scleroderma, when people have both conditions, Raynaud's phenomenon often develops before symptoms of pulmonary hypertension appear, sometimes as long as years earlie. Most persons diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension die within three years of diagnosis, although new treatments and early diagnosis are extending that time somewhat.

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What is pulmonary hypertension? - Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a rare lung disorder in which the blood pressure in the pulmonary artery rises far above normal levels.
What is primary pulmonary hypertension? - Primary pulmonary hypertension is a rare, progressive disorder characterized by high blood pressure of the main artery of the lungs.
What is secondary pulmonary hypertension? - Secondary pulmonary hypertension is a disorder of the blood vessels in the lungs. It is the result of other lung diseases.
What causes pulmonary hypertension? - Pulmonary hypertension is the result of greater resistance to blood flow. Secondary pulmonary hypertension can be associated with breathing disorders.
What're the symptoms of pulmonary hypertension? - Symptoms of primary pulmonary hypertension include shortness of breath especially during exercise, chest pain, and fainting episodes.
How is pulmonary hypertension diagnosed? - Diagnostic tests for pulmonary hypertension involve blood tests, electrocardiography, arterial blood gas measurements, X-rays.
What's the treatment for pulmonary hypertension? - Treatment of pulmonary hypertension involves treating the underlying causes, using supplemental oxygen to increase blood oxygen levels, diuretics.
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