Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is one of the forms of “Pulmonary hypertension” – a type of high blood pressure that affects arteries in the lungs and in the heart.
Shortness of breath, dizziness, and chest pressure are common symptoms of PAH. Other symptoms may include dizziness, fatigue, inability to exercise, chronic cough, fast heart rate, shortness of breath or swollen legs.
In PAH, the pulmonary arteries constrict abnormally, which forces your heart to work faster and causes blood pressure within the lungs to rise. PAH can be caused by a variety of medical problems or from taking certain medicines. The cause of some cases of PAH is unknown.
PAH gets worse over time, and can be fatal. But the right medications and therapy can help lessen symptoms and improve your quality of life. The specialists at the Pulmonary and Sleep Center of the Valley can help you by providing an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment options.