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Pulmonary Hypertenstion

Up to 1,000 new cases of pulmonary hypertension are diagnosed in the United States each year. While the condition is rare, it requires the highest-quality treatment, the kind the providers at Bay Area Cardiology Associates PA offer. The cardiology specialists provide in-office diagnostic testing to confirm pulmonary hypertension. They also customize treatment plans to manage your condition for the long term. Call the office in Brandon, Sun City Center, Riverview, or Tampa, Florida, today to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for pulmonary hypertension or book an appointment online.

Pulmonary Hypertenstion Q & A

What is pulmonary hypertension?

Pulmonary hypertension describes high blood pressure levels in the vessels that travel from your heart into your lungs.

If the pressure in these vessels gets too high, it can cause narrowing in the arteries of your lungs and affect normal blood flow. Pulmonary hypertension can reduce the oxygen in your bloodstream, which can damage your long-term cardiovascular health.

What are the risk factors for pulmonary hypertension?

You could be at risk of developing pulmonary hypertension if you have underlying conditions like:

  • Congenital heart disease
  • Coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Blood clots in your lungs
  • Liver disease
  • Chronic lung disease

Your genetic background also plays a role in your risk of developing pulmonary hypertension, as do a lack of physical activity and a poor diet.

What are the symptoms of pulmonary hypertension?

In its early stages, pulmonary hypertension can cause various symptoms, including shortness of breath and persistent fatigue common with other conditions.

Because the early symptoms of pulmonary hypertension can relate to many other health conditions, a diagnosis is often put off until the condition gets worse.

As it gets worse, your heart and lungs have to work much harder to pump blood, and you can also experience:

  • Dizziness
  • Chest pain
  • Swelling in your ankles
  • Heart palpitations
  • Loss of appetite

You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation with the Bay Area Cardiology Associates PA physicians if you experience any symptoms relating to pulmonary hypertension or you have a family history of the condition.

How is pulmonary hypertension treated?

While there’s no cure for pulmonary hypertension, the cardiology specialists at Bay Area Cardiology Associates PA can customize a treatment plan to effectively manage your condition.

You might need medications to control your symptoms. Some people with pulmonary hypertension need supplemental oxygen therapy to reduce their risk of developing cardiovascular complications.

The providers will likely also recommend lifestyle and dietary changes to control your blood pressure and lower your risk of developing other cardiovascular conditions.

To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for symptoms of pulmonary hypertension, call the Bay Area Cardiology Associates PA office nearest to you today or book an appointment online.

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