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January 11, 2017

Simply put, pulmonary hypertension is an elevation in blood pressure in the lungs. While most people are aware of systemic hypertension which is usually measured by checking the blood pressure in the arms, they are unaware that there is a second blood pressure system within the chest. Pulmonary hypertension is a condition which is often overlooked until the disease is advanced. It is a condition that causes symptoms of shortness of breath/dyspnea, fatigue, and symptoms of fluid overload/heart failure.

Normal pulmonary vascular system

The pulmonary vasculature is a low pressure system much different than the rest of the blood vessels throughout the body.  The left side of the heart (which pumps blood to the body) is large and muscular, generating enough pressure to push bloo...

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