Know Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH). Know the symptoms. Know what to do.
The heart and lungs of one battling Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) are working harder than everyone else.
This year, with the support of Janssen Pharmaceuticals, we are more committed than ever to educate Australians on the symptoms of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension to avoid a misdiagnosis – earlier and more efficiently
Our goal is to extend and simplify conversations of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension and Pulmonary Hypertension and the symptoms beyond Pulmonary Hypertension Month.
It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.
- Know the symptoms
- Ask your GP to refer you to a specialist
- Get a simple, non-invasive echocardiogram today
What do I need to know?
Know Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension:
Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) is the general term used for high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs that can cause heart failure. PH is considered a serious condition and should not be confused with common hypertension (high blood pressure).
Feeling puffed or constantly fatigued (even after walking up a slight incline or steps)
Heart palpitations (heart pumping out of your neck because your heart has to work harder) or an irregular heartbeat
Seeing blue around the lips/fingers and extremities
Feeling pressure or feeling a heavy weight (like an elephant sitting on your chest)
In later cases experiencing oedema (swelling) and starting to retain fluid
Or coughing up blood
These are just some of the symptoms of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.
Know what to do:
If you, or a loved one, are experiencing these symptoms it's time to get screened to rule out PAH. Ask your GP to refer you to a specialist for a simple, non-invasive ultrasound (echocardiogram) today.
Know the symptoms of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) and Pulmonary Hypertension. Avoid a misdiagnosis. Pulmonary Hypertension classifications explained here.