The Relationship Between Pulmonary Fibrosis and Pulmonary Hypertension
It’s fairly common for people who have one chronic lung condition to develop another lung disease. In the case of pulmonary fibrosis patients, some go on to develop pulmonary hypertension, an increased blood pressure in the lungs that causes the right side of the heart to have to pump harder to distribute oxygenated blood back into the lungs, which could lead to heart failure.
The combination of pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary fibrosis is especially serious for patients as it can shorten life expectancy and greatly reduce the patient’s quality of life. Often the complication of pulmonary hypertension will speed up the progression of pulmonary fibrosis and treating the two conditions can cause issues as the medications for one may exacerbate the symptoms of the other. (Source: Medscape.org).
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