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Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH)

What is Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH)?

Pulmonary hypertension happens when the pressure in the blood vessels leading from the heart to the lungs is too high. With pulmonary hypertension, the blood vessels to the lungs develop an increased amount of muscle in the wall of the blood vessels. The heart pumps blood from the right ventricle to the lungs to get oxygen. Because the blood does not have to travel very far, the pressure in this side of the heart and in the artery taking blood from the right ventricle to the lungs is normally low—usually much lower than systolic or diastolic blood pressure. When the pressure in this artery gets too high, the arteries in the lungs can narrow and then the blood does not flow as well as it should, resulting in less oxygen in the blood.

To make an appointment to see a pulmonologist call (973) 877-5080 

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What causes PAH?

  • High blood pressure
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Connective Tissue Disease
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Emphysema
  • Genetics

How do we Diagnose PAH?

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Echocardiogram
  • PFT

How do we treat PAH?

  • Inhaled medications
  • Calcium Channel Blockers
  • Blood thinners
  • Diuretics
  • Oxygen

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