Heart & Blood Condition

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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE PULMONARY HYPERTENSION DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is pulmonary hypertension?

Pulmonary hypertension is any condition in which there is higher-than-normal high blood pressure in the blood vessels of the lungs and in the blood vessels from which blood travels to the lungs from the right side of the heart. Understanding the basics of this condition requires a summary of the anatomy of the circulatory system. Although you have one heart, consisting of four chambers (two atria and two ventricles), there are two circuits, or pathways, through which blood travels. In one pathway, known as the systemic vasculature, the left side of the heart pumps blood through arteries and through body tissues, from which a series of veins carry the blood to the right side of the heart. In the other pathway, known as the pulmonary vasculature, the right side of the heart pumps blood through arteries and through the lungs, from which veins return the blood to the heart, this time to the left side, which pumps it through the body once again.


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