Pulmonary Hypertension Symptoms
Symptoms of pulmonary hypertension are sometimes hard to recognize. People may have symptoms for years before being diagnosed. This is because many symptoms of pulmonary hypertension are also symptoms of other medical conditions.
Some symptoms of pulmonary hypertension include:
- Chest pain
- Coughing that is dry or produces blood
- Shortness of breath
- Dizziness that may lead to fainting
- Nausea and vomiting
- Swelling of the abdomen, legs, or feet
- Wheezing, which is a whistling sound when you breathe out
Symptoms can get worse over time. For example, in the early stages of pulmonary hypertension, you may only have shortness of breath with exercise. As the disease progresses, shortness of breath will occur more often.
When to call 9-1-1
If you experience chest pain and shortness of breath, seek emergency medical care. This may be a sign of a heart attack or a blood clot in your lungs (pulmonary embolism).