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 Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension means increasing the blood pressure in the blood vessels actually in the lungs as opposed to the rest of the body. It can arise secondary to many lung conditions and rarely occurs as a primary condition.

 A variety of rare blood vessels disorders of the lungs lead to raised blood pressure in the lungs, which leads to progressive breathlessness, fatigue and light headedness. Often the cause is not identified and this is sometimes called primary pulmonary hypertension. This condition only occurs in about 2 people per million per year and is rather more common in women.

Treatment is complex and is usually undertaken in specialist centres. Locally we tend to refer people to the specialist centre at the Hammersmith Hospital in London.