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Pulmonary Hypertension - Fast Facts
Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) is a disease where the blood pressure in the arteries in the lungs elevates putting pressure on the heart, reducing the amount of oxygen that’s able to reach the tissues of the body causing breathlessness & exhaustion. This can significantly impact on the sufferer’s ability to lead a normal life. PH can often lead to heart failure. It can be a standalone condition or associated with other diseases.
- PH affects people of all ages including young children. It is twice as common in women as men and the commonest age at presentation is 40 - 50 years old.
- PH is often mistakenly diagnosed due to its similarities to asthma. People with PH experience a range of symptoms, the most common of which are breathlessness, dizziness, fainting, chest pain, palpitations and increased lethargy. These symptoms are described as "non-specific" which means it is quite difficult to diagnose.
- With correct treatment and a faster diagnosis almost two thirds of PH patients will survive longer than 5 years, however if not treated, approximately half of PH patients die within two years.
- Although there is no cure, there are effective and relatively new treatments that can help sufferers if they are diagnosed early in the disease progression.
- Thanks to recent advances in medical understanding and treatments the future for patients with PH is getting increasingly brighter, yet there is still some way to go before experts fully understand the causes of PH and can cure or prevent it.
- Heart-lung transplantation is a procedure offered to PH patients when all possible medical treatments have proved to be ineffective. The lungs can be transplanted without a new heart, but this type of transplant is not suitable for all patients. This treatment is limited by the availability of organs that are good enough to use. Sadly this means that some patients die whilst waiting for suitable organs.