Dr. Muhammad Waqas Discusses Pulmonary Hypertension

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Dr. Muhammad Waqas , Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Specialist discusses pulmonary hypertension. Pulmonary hypertension refers to high blood pressure in the lungs. This type of blood pressure affects the blood vessels in the lungs and makes the right side of the heart work harder. It is a chronic and life-changing disease that can lead to right heart failure if left untreated.

You work treat patients who suffer from pulmonary hypertension. What is that and how is it different from regular hypertension?
The word pulmonary means lungs and hypertension means high blood pressure and so the word pulmonary hypertension generally means high lung pressure in lung circulation system.

What are some of the symptoms of this?
So that is what the most I shouldn't say puzzling but the common condition or symptoms with this condition are shortness of breath, fatigue, being tired most of the time, chest pain, and especially with the exertion the diseased will become very short of breath and fatigued. Now because heart and lung work together, these symptoms often can be masked by other lung conditions or another heart condition and that is why common practitioners when they when they see these symptoms we normally and actually truly
should think of heart and lung as a first culprit. But then we dig in deeper and we can we find that patient has pulmonary hypertension.

So the symptoms can be similar symptoms that any lung or heart condition can can cause which is shortness of breath and fatigue and being tired, leg swelling and as the
disease advances these symptoms can get worse. They become more prominent and
more advanced. 

Learn more about Pulmonary Hypertension and the CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute