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Pulmonary arterial hypertension is where arterial thickening causes reduced blood flow to lung and heart. Symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, swollen ankles and heavy feeling in chest. The condition is often undiagnosed until the patient becomes rather unwell. Professionals in the medical field believe the condition is under-diagnosed and awareness of the disease needs to be increased. Early detection enables control through medication but late diagnosis often requires heart and/or lung transplant.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Leader
About: Pulmonary arterial hypertension awareness needs to be raised
Date: 8 November 2004
Source: The Leader
Author: Joyce Lorow
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