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Every year, more than 200,000 people in the United States are hospitalized as a result of complications from pulmonary hypertension, which is high blood pressure in the vessels and arteries of the lungs. This condition can be a result of existing diseases in the arteries or lungs, a pulmonary embolism or failure of the left ventricle of the heart. At Northwestern Medicine’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, specialized teams of board-certified pulmonologists and cardiologists work in concert to deliver the highest quality of comprehensive care to patients affected by pulmonary hypertension. With the support of your generous donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, these teams will continue to advance clinical trials and research aimed at increasing diagnostic and treatment options, as well as survival rates, for those afflicted with pulmonary hypertension.

The overwhelming majority of adults affected by pulmonary hypertension have no symptoms or very moderate symptoms. As a result, many cases go undiagnosed. Like many other diseases and health conditions, the early diagnosis and prompt treatment of pulmonary hypertension often lead to enhanced quality of life and a better prognosis for a patient. Depending on the cause of pulmonary hypertension and how long the disease how progresses, symptoms can vary greatly. They may include shortness of breath and dizziness,low stamina levels, swelling of limbs and abdomen, and a lingering cough. While each of these symptoms alone does not necessarily mean pulmonary hypertension is present, a complete physical examination is strongly recommended. 

No one is immune from pulmonary hypertension. Lifestyle factors and family history play a large role in elevating risks for incurring pulmonary hypertension. Obesity and accompanying disorders, exposure to certain medications and toxins, family history and being female (females’ risk is more than twice as high as males’ risk) may contribute to the development of pulmonary hypertension. Additional contributing factors may include living in and/or frequently traveling to areas with low altitude.

At Northwestern Medicine, people with an elevated risk of developing pulmonary hypertension, as well as people experiencing  symptoms of the condition, receive the finest care. From pulmonary function tests to echocardiograms, scans and as stress tests, patients undergo a thorough assessment and diagnostic process. Our specialists are able to identify the condition and to recommend a personalized, comprehensive treatment program for each patient. 

Pulmonary Hypertension Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Please consider donating to Northwestern Memorial Foundation to advance clinical trials and testing aimed at increasing prevention, screening, diagnostic and treatment options for those suffering from pulmonary hypertension.

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