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Pulmonary Hypertension

Lung & Sleep Institute

Pulmonologist, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine Specialist located in White Plains, MD

Pulmonary hypertension not only affects blood flow through your lungs, but it can also weaken your heart muscle over time. With their expertise in pulmonology, Song C. Chon, MD and Abbas Omais, MD of the Lung & Sleep Institute in White Plains, Maryland offer several solutions for pulmonary hypertension. If you have pulmonary hypertension, schedule an evaluation to see how the team can help you. Book your visit through the online scheduling system or call the office.

Pulmonary Hypertension Q & A

What is pulmonary hypertension?

This type of high blood pressure affects arteries that transport blood through your lungs, as well as the right side of your heart. In some cases, the condition leads to the narrowing or blocking of tiny lung arteries called pulmonary arterioles, as well as capillaries.

Not only does it become more difficult for blood to flow through your lungs, but the excess pressure can also lead to a permanent artery and capillary damage. As blood pressure increases throughout your lungs, your heart’s right ventricle has to pump even harder to get blood through your lungs.

If left untreated, pulmonary hypertension leads to weakening of your heart muscle. This condition can progressively become very serious and even fatal.

Does pulmonary hypertension cause symptoms?

Not generally in its early stages, although as pulmonary hypertension progresses, your symptoms can become noticeable and may even worsen. You could experience:

  • Chronic fatigue or dizziness
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Edema in your lower extremities
  • Heart palpitations

It’s also common to notice bluish-colored lips or skin (cyanosis), which is a side effect of inadequate oxygen delivery and blood flow. Some pulmonary hypertension sufferers complain of having shortness of breath, even while they’re at rest.

How is pulmonary hypertension treated?

Your pulmonary hypertension treatment plan can include a variety of solutions. Dr. Chon and Dr. Omais often prescribe modern medications, which can help by:

  • Dilating your blood vessels
  • Minimizing issues with vessel narrowing
  • Relaxing blood vessel muscles
  • Preventing blood clots
  • Flushing out excess fluid

You could also benefit from oxygen therapy, which involves breathing pure oxygen regularly to help boost your blood oxygen levels. While many types of pulmonary hypertension do not have a cure, you can indeed manage the condition. As long as it’s caught early, you can go on to have a long, healthy life.

If your case of pulmonary hypertension isn’t improving with medications and oxygen therapy, you could need surgery. Atrial septostomy surgery involves creating a small opening between your upper left and right heart chambers, which relieves pressure.

While much less frequent, some pulmonary hypertension sufferers do need a heart or lung transplant. The team at the Lung & Sleep Institute helps you every step of the way throughout your treatment process, no matter which type of treatment you need.

Schedule your pulmonary hypertension evaluation at the Lung & Sleep Institute by using the online booking system or calling the clinic.