You may have heard the name pulmonary hypertension, but you may not know exactly what this condition is. This condition can actually be caused by other health problems such as heart disease, heart defects and certain medications. However, chronic lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may also lead to pulmonary hypertension in some patients.
What Is Chronic Lung Disease-Caused Pulmonary Hypertension?
Pulmonary hypertension is a serious condition. It’s a type of high blood pressure that affects the small arteries in the lungs or pulmonary arterioles. One form of pulmonary hypertension occurs as a product of chronic lung diseases like COPD, and it results in the pulmonary arterioles becoming narrowed, blocked or damaged by inflammation and other symptoms associated with chronic lung conditions. Unfortunately, this form of pulmonary hypertension is currently incurable, but its symptoms can be treated.
What Are Some Symptoms of Pulmonary Hypertension?
In chronic lung disease patients, pulmonary hypertension typically has a variety of symptoms. In fact, many of these symptoms resemble the symptoms of chronic lung diseases, so it’s vital that you ask your health care team to look for this condition. Some of the symptoms you may experience if you have pulmonary hypertension include:
- Shortness of breath
- Unexplained fatigue
- Chest tightness or pain
- Racing pulse
- Swelling in the ankles or legs
Find Help for Pulmonary Hypertension at Lung Health Institute
The treatments that Lung Health Institute offers for chronic lung diseases may also be helpful if these conditions are causing pulmonary hypertension. This is because our treatments are designed to help reduce inflammation that causes lung and pulmonary arteriole issues.
For instance, our team offers 3 Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™, or AI2™, plans. These plans are intended to help you take control of your health by boosting your immune system. They are also designed to help train your body to fight inflammation with healthy fats and other lifestyle changes.
We also offer a minimally invasive treatment option called cellular therapy. Cellular therapy is a procedure that uses concentrated platelets and cells from your own blood to target lung disease. These platelets release healing properties that, when combined with proteins, growth factors and other helpful cells, may promote healing in damaged tissue and reduce inﬂammation in your lungs.
Take the next step to find relief. Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.