If when going up or down stairs you are short of breath, have a constant feeling of fatigue, tachycardia, have noticed a blue color on your lips, or have even suffered a faint when doing routine activities, it is advisable to see a doctor as these could be symptoms of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).
“Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a disease characterized by increased pressure in the artery that carries blood from the heart to the lungs to be oxygenated, when this pressure increases is when PAH appears and is part of the mechanism of production of This disease is an imbalance between substances that close the arteries and substances that open the arteries, “said Dr. Tomás Pulido, head of the Department of Cardioneumology at the” Ignacio Chávez “National Institute of Cardiology.
“Normally we have substances that are produced in the body that open and close the arteries, when the substances that close the arteries increase is when this PAH can occur”.
Pablo Trejo, president of the Mexican Association of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension AC and a patient living with PAH, assures that it is easy for the condition to be confused with depression, COPD, sedentary lifestyle, lack of physical condition or obesity.
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“One of the clearest symptoms is that the lips, the edges of the lips turn purple, another is that when you do a daily activity such as walking you become inexplicably agitated, that is, it is as if you had run a 100-meter race, or When you go up the stairs you run the risk of even fainting, some people even pass out with this type of activity due to the lack of oxygen, “he said.
PAH is a rare disease, but it should be considered by doctors when these symptoms occur or when, when treating other conditions such as asthma or seizures, treatment is not working.
The recommendation of specialists is, before these symptoms, to go to the doctor for basic studies such as an electrocardiogram or chest x-ray, which can give signs of the disease.
If these studies show a high probability of PAH, the step to confirm the disease is a cardiac catheterization.