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Inadequate diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension (PH), or high blood pressure in the lungs, is different to hypertension of the peripheral vascular system that is measured with a blood pressure cuff by the family doctor. PH is more common in women between the age of 20-40, and is caused by liver conditions, inborn heart diseases, AIDS, blood clots in the lung, and other lung conditions, such as pulmonary fibrosis and chronic bronchitis. Early warning signs include tiredness and difficulty breathing, followed by chest pain on exertion, fainting, swollen legs, and blue discoloring of the lips. Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a more severe variant of pulmonary hypertension. The well-known erectile dysfunction drug, Viagra, has been heralded as an effective medication to reduce the blood pressure in the respiratory vascular system; previously patients were treated with heart-lung transplants. Medical experts are now looking at the positive effects that traditional chemotherapeutic agents might have on PAH.

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About: Inadequate diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension

Date: 6 December 2005

Source: Monsters and Critics

Author: Arndt Petrv


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