Pulmonary hypertension orpulmonary artery hypertension or PAH is one of the types of high blood pressure, which is characteristic only for the arteries in the lungs and the right sideof the heart.
Typesof pulmonary hypertension and the main symptoms
There are two types ofpulmonary hypertension - idiopathic pulmonary hypertension and secondarypulmonary hypertension. The causes for the idiopathic pulmonary hypertensionare not known, while the causes for secondary pulmonary hypertension are someother medical conditions that lead to the high blood pressure in the lungs. Pulmonary hypertensioncan be mild, moderate, and severe.
The most frequentsymptom is dyspnea or shortness of breath. Furthermore, fatigue, dizziness andsyncope are also some of the signs of this disease. The person who suffersfrom this illness can have heart palpitations and pain in the chest, but cyanosiscan also appear as a symptom. Moreover, swelling in the ankles and legs, alsocalled edema, and swelling in the abdomen, usually called ascites, are symptomsthat are also frequent for pulmonary hypertension.
Cough and lethargy can also happen, as well as angina and hypoxia. Pulmonary hypertensionis a very serious and incurable disease, and can be even fatal if it is nottreated on time. Complementary and alternative therapies, along with medicaltreatment, are very effective in alleviating the symptoms of pulmonaryhypertension.
Coenzyme Q10, taurine andmagnesium are very helpful for the lowering of high blood pressure and good health of the heart. L-carnitine makes the heart stronger, while vitamin E andvitamin C are very good because they make the immune system stronger and protectthe heart. Furthermore, potassium is used in order to help the heart to work efficientlyand to contract easily.
It is very important toconsult the doctor to diagnose the problem and then opt for some of the herbalremedies. Herbs can be consumed as dried extract, in the forms of teas,capsules or powders, or as glycerites or as tinctures. The most common andhelpful herbs that are used in the treatment of pulmonary hypertension are hawthorn, linden and garlic, as well as rosemary and danshen.
Hawthorn is an herb forwhich it is stated that is very effective in alleviating the symptoms of heartfailure. Garlic, 600 – 900 of it eachday is beneficial for the lowering of the high blood pressure, but garlic must notbe used with warfarin, an anticoagulant. One or two tea cups oflinden a day, or one tea cup of rosemary three times a day is very effective inhelping the body to eliminate excessive fluid. However, neither linden nor rosemary must beused along with diuretics. Danshen must not betaken with anticoagulants, because this herb is very good for dilating of bloodvessels.