Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the artery walls as it goes through your body. Like air in a tyre or water in a hose, blood fills your arteries to a point. Just as too much air pressure can damage a tire, or too much water pushing through a garden hose can damage the hose, high blood pressure can hurt your arteries and lead to life-threatening conditions like stroke. Feeling breathlessness could indicate pulmonary hypertension. What is it?
Breathlessness and hypertension
Shortness of breath is a tell-tale sign of the condition of pulmonary hypertension.
Pulmonary hypertension means blocked or narrowed arteries in the lungs.
As a result, the system designed to carry fresh, oxygenated blood into the left side of the heart and then to the rest of the body is affected.
Other indicators of pulmonary hypertension include fatigue, light-headedness, chest pain, racing heartbeat and swelling in the ankles or legs.
Pulmonary hypertension cannot be cured, but treatment can reduce the symptoms and help you manage your condition.
Pulmonary hypertension usually gets worse over time.
Left untreated, it may cause heart failure, which can be fatal, so its important treatment is started as soon as possible.
By following a healthy diet with a limited amount of sodium will help to reduce the risk of pulmonary hypertension.
If you have been experiencing breathlessness it’s important to discuss the matter with your GP and try avoiding anything too strenuous.