Frequently Asked Questions

Is hypertension the same as high blood pressure?

Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure.


What is pulmonary hypertension?

Pulmonary hypertension refers to high blood pressure in the lungs.


Is pulmonary hypertension the same as regular hypertension?

No. In regular hypertension, the arteries throughout a person’s body are constricted. In pulmonary hypertension, the blood vessels in the lungs become narrowed and the heart has to work harder to pump blood through them.


What causes pulmonary hypertension?

Pulmonary hypertension can be caused by certain drugs, diseases, infections or blood clots in the lungs. In many cases, there is no known cause.


Can pulmonary hypertension be inherited?

Although pulmonary hypertension can be inherited, it is uncommon.


How is pulmonary hypertension diagnosed?

Pulmonary hypertension can be difficult to diagnose through a routine exam, so your doctor will request some specialized tests such as a pulmonary function test and an echocardiogram. You may also be asked to have a right heart catheterization.


Can pulmonary hypertension be cured?

There is currently no cure for pulmonary hypertension but there are medications that will help manage your symptoms and treat the disease.


How will pulmonary hypertension affect my life?

Pulmonary hypertension may cause you to make some adjustments to your daily living but with treatment and routine care, you can lessen the symptoms and improve your quality of life.


Can I exercise with pulmonary hypertension?

Regular exercise increases your cardiovascular and muscular fitness, helps control your weight and can help control the symptoms of pulmonary hypertension. Your health care team can help you customize an exercise program.


Will I need to use oxygen with pulmonary hypertension?

Oxygen will often be prescribed to a patient to use during exercise or while sleeping. There are times with advanced pulmonary hypertension where oxygen will be prescribed for use 24 hours a day.