The pulmonary arteries transfer oxygenated blood from the heart to the lungs and mild pulmonary hypertension occurs when the pressure in these arteries is higher than the pressure in the other blood vessels around the heart. Those who experience MPH are either classified as having primary pulmonary hypertension – which is not caused by existing medical conditions – or secondary pulmonary hypertension, which occurs because of existing conditions. Please read on to learn more.
Shortness of breath and chest pain are the common signs associated with MPH
This is usually caused by the arteries becoming tighter and stiffer. This makes it harder for the heart to transfer oxygenated blood to the lungs and eventually enlarging the right hand side of the heart where the pulmonary arteries operate.
As you might imagine, this is quite a grave condition, but fortunately it’s also very rare. However, it is serious enough to even severely limit a patient’s lifespan. So do take all precautions and see your doctor if in doubt.
Heart and lung diseases such as emphysema, pulmonary embolisms and scleroderma are the primary causes, although dermatomyositis and HIV have also been found to be connected to cases.
Identifying the Disease
To identify this disease, a doctor will catheterize the heart and measure the blood pressure in the right side of the heart. There are many tests that can help a physician diagnose correctly, but catheterization is the most accurate test to perform. If the pressure is greater than 25mmHg the patient has pulmonary hypertension, but is classified as someone with pressure over 25 but at the lower end of the scale.
If in doubt about your health condition, have routine checkups with your doctor. It is always wise to know where you stand, regarding your health. Remember to check back here in this site for regular updates and healthy tips on how to keep healthy and maintain a healthy blood pressure. If you have a story to share regarding blood pressure, please send it to us and we will be happy to include it here.