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Pulmonary hypertension is high pressure in the blood vessels that carry blood into the lungs. This strains the lungs and heart and can lead to serious problems.
Systemic hypertension means the pressure is too high in blood vessels throughout the body. A person with pulmonary hypertension may also have systemic hypertension.
The cause of pulmonary hypertension is sometimes unknown, but it is most often caused by another health problem. In many cases, controlling this health problem can help prevent or control pulmonary hypertension. Some of the most common causes of pulmonary hypertension are:
Symptoms may come on suddenly. Or, they may come on slowly over time. Symptoms can include:
The doctor will examine you and listen to your heart and lungs. Your blood pressure will also be measured. Tests may be done as well. These may include:
Treatment depends on your age, health and severity of your symptoms. Any underlying health problems you have will be treated. Treatment may also include:
Most people do well after treatment. In rare cases, a lung transplant may be needed. Your doctor can tell you more about this if needed. Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following: