Pulmonary hypertension is a condition where there is an excessive amount of pumping of blood through the pulmonary arteries. The arteries supplying the lungs are usually very smooth, as in a “clean sheet” vein. However, if the flow of blood through the arteries becomes slightly obstructed, such as by a thick build up of mucus, protein deposits, or a tumor, then this is when the blockage occurs and the condition can become serious (and potentially life-threatening).
As defined by the American Heart Association and the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pulmonary hypertension is the “prevention of normal blood pressure”. This means that if you have normal blood pressure it is less likely you will be affected by pulmonary hypertension. Pulmonary hypertension is more common in women than in men, but is not gender specific. Also, it does not necessarily occur as a result of poor eating habits or tobacco use. Many people may experience mild to moderate symptoms of pulmonary hypertension without ever being aware that they have the condition. Often times, a person may feel healthy and unaware of their pulmonary hypertension, until one day they go to a routine physical and their doctor notes that they have some unusual blood pressure readings.
There are several classic symptoms of pulmonary hypertension that may be present when the condition is in its early stages. Some of these symptoms include lethargy, depression, anemia, fatigue, and shortness of breath. If left untreated, these symptoms can progress into something much worse such as a heart attack or stroke. Because of the progression of the illness, it is very important to treat pulmonary hypertension immediately upon diagnosis. Delayed treatment not only puts your health at risk, but it also puts your life at risk as well. Untreated pulmonary hypertension may eventually lead to coronary artery disease, aorta occlusion, or even kidney failure.
The best way to understand the severity of this condition is to understand what it is and what its causes are. Pulmonary hypertension is a condition where there is too much stress on the lungs. This is usually caused by smoking cigarettes, being over-weight, or having high blood pressure. Cigarettes are known to put enormous strain on the lungs, especially the airways, which will increase the amount of oxygen in your bloodstream and potentially cause the condition to worsen.
Over time, the buildup of fatty deposits and increased mucus production in the lungs will cause your lung capacity to decrease. If you smoke cigarettes, then you may expect to have less lung capacity than a non-smoker. This is because smokers’ lungs are constantly working at a higher intensity than non-smokers’ lungs. Even if you do not smoke cigarettes, you should still make sure to exercise regularly. Exercise will improve your overall health as well as your lung capacity.
Your blood pressure is also a very strong factor in your pulmonary hypertension definition. If you have normal blood pressure, then you are probably in good cardiovascular health. However, if your blood pressure is too high (hypertension), it is also called hyperthyroidism and may be causing the problem. This is one of the most common causes of this disease.
Other causes of this problem include chronic inflammation (such as those found in those with Crohn’s Disease), certain medications, and certain illnesses. While most of these factors will not directly cause your symptoms, they can aggravate the existing condition, which will make them worse. If your pulmonary hypertension definition describes you as having excessive mucus production in the lungs, you should avoid any medication that cause inflammation, as well as any illnesses that could aggravate your condition.
The treatment for pulmonary hypertension is basically the same as it is for any other condition. Your doctor may want to start you on an antihypertensive medication, or he may want to prescribe a low dose of antibiotics. You can also take some natural measures to try to alleviate the symptoms. This includes increasing your fiber intake, drinking plenty of water, and exercising regularly.