Sleep Apnea and Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension is a disease that puts pressure on specific blood vessels and shrinks them. The blood vessels involved are the ones that provide blood from the right side of the heart to the lungs. The vessels constrict so blood cells cannot easily absorb oxygen, according to Dr Bhatt from Athens Pulmonary and Allergy Center.

People who have other diseases that cause a lack of oxygen in the body — like emphysema and sleep apnea — can have pulmonary hypertension. Patients with autoimmune diseases — like lupus or HIV — also can have pulmonary hypertension.

People who suffer from Sleep Apnea and Emphysema can have pulmonary hypertension since these cause lack of oxygen in the body. The disease affects more women than men.

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