Pulmonary Hypertension is a rare and serious lung disorder. It occurs in individuals of all ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds although it is much more common in young adults and is approximately twice as common in women as in men. Symptoms of pulmonary hypertension do not usually occur until the condition has progressed. The first symptom of pulmonary hypertension is usually shortness of breath with everyday activities, such as climbing stairs. In more advanced stages of the disease, even minimal activity will produce some of the symptoms. Additional symptoms include irregular heart beat (palpitations or strong, throbbing sensation), racing pulse, passing out or dizziness, progressive shortness of breath during exercise or activity, and difficulty breathing at rest. Eventually, it may become difficult to carry out any activities as the disease worsens. Appropriate diagnosis and analysis of the problem is necessary before starting any treatment. Treatment varies per individual based on the different underlying causes but generally includes taking medications; making lifestyle and dietary changes; having surgery, if necessary; and seeing your doctor regularly.
Take this opportunity to learn more about Pulmonary Hypertension, including diagnosis and treatment, and have your questions answered by Dr. Adriano R. Tonelli at the Cleveland Clinic.
Adriano R. Tonelli, M.D. was valedictorian of his medical school class at the University of Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina. After graduation, he trained in Cardiology at Universidad Favaloro, Buenos Aires, Argentina before moving to the United States. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan followed by Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship at University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. He received the Young Investigator Award from the American College of Chest Physicians in 2008. During his fellowship Dr Tonelli was involved in several research projects predominantly involving pulmonary hypertension. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Dr Tonelli joined the Cleveland Clinic Respiratory Institute in August 2010. He is a KL2 Clinical Research Scholar with focus on pulmonary hypertension with a special interest in non-invasive diagnostic modalities and pulmonary hypertension in the context of liver diseases.
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