Pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure in the arteries in your lungs. Pulmonary hypertension is dangerous because it can result in heart failure. It’s important to see a doctor if you experience symptoms of pulmonary hypertension.

Overview and Symptoms

You may experience one or more of the following:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fainting
  • Tiredness
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Upper right abdominal pain
  • Swelling in your ankles or legs

Various imaging and blood tests can help diagnose pulmonary hypertension. Consult your physician if you notice symptoms.


The Pulmonary Hypertension Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center provides a state-of-the-art multidisciplinary approach to the evaluation and treatment of pulmonary hypertension. Specialists in a number of disciplines, including pulmonary medicine, cardiology, radiology, physical therapy and nursing collaborate to provide comprehensive services for patients with pulmonary hypertension and their families.

Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

The Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine provides comprehensive care for patients with critical illness, thoracic diseases and sleep-related disorders. We are committed to helping you breathe easier.

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