Yea, we know in Naija that PH stands for Port Harcourt. Do you know? #PH also stands for Pulmonary Hypertension.
Wetin be pulmonary Hypertension?
Pulmonary Hypertension is a rare chronic illness that affects the lungs and heart. It is associated with high blood pressure in the arteries (pulmonary arteries) that supply blood from the heart to the lungs.
The arteries become narrow and stiff, so the heart works harder to pump through and this makes the heart weak and could lead to heart failure.
Yes,its different from hypertension
Pulmonary Hypertension is a complex disease, it is a lot of times misdiagnosed & also diagnosed at the advanced stage.
Symptoms include breathlessness, fatigue, palpitation, chest pain, bluish lip or skin, swelling in the ankle or leg (oedema). This illness is often mistaken for asthma and other heart or lung conditions, since their symptoms are similar.
Pulmonary Hypertension has no cure for now & can only be managed to reduce symptoms & increase patient’s quality of life.
This disease is rare, but it exists in Nigeria and the lack of knowledge and information of this disease reduces the patient’s chances of survival.
This illness needs to be managed and treated urgently, because it’s highly progressive and life threatening.
Even with management, life with this illness is difficult. It causes constant breathlessness, fatigue and affects the quality of life of people living with it.
Despite these horrible symptoms, a lot of patient don’t show visible signs of being sick.
Patients are easily being misunderstood and judged due to the invisible nature of this illness. People tend to think they are exaggerating their illness and symptoms.
This illness is rare but it exists here in Nigeria. Attention needs to be raised to help patients get quicker diagnosis and gain access to the right treatment.
Proper knowledge of this disease reduces the stigma patients’ face and helps caregivers and loved ones to be better equipped to handle this illness and take good care of their loved ones.