If you’ve ever tried to describe pulmonary hypertension (PH) to a friend or family member, you’re familiar with the confusion that arises about PH and systemic hypertension. Although many people have heard of hypertension, fewer people are familiar with the specifics of PH.
Pulmonary hypertension and systemic hypertension are separate conditions with a few similarities. The term “hypertension” refers to high blood pressure. Pulmonary hypertension is a particular type of high blood pressure affecting the arteries that carry blood from the right side of the heart to the lungs. PH may be confused with systemic hypertension — high blood pressure in the blood vessels throughout the body. However, the two are different conditions with their own nuances and treatments.
If you’re living with one of these conditions, you might be curious about the relationship between them. Take this five-question quiz to better understand the differences between PH and hypertension.
On myPHteam, the social network and online support group for people with pulmonary hypertension and their loved ones, members have discussed the differences and similarities between hypertension and pulmonary hypertension.
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