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What makes you more likely to get pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)?

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Many people who get pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) are women between the ages of 30 and 60. But it can happen to people of all ages, races, and sexes. Some things make you more likely to get the disease:

  • A family history of the condition
  • Other diseases of the heart and lungs
  • Obesity
  • If you’ve used some street drugs, like cocaine, or diet medicines
  • Living at high altitudes

From: What Is Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What is Pulmonary Hypertension?”

American Heart Association: “Pulmonary Hypertension.”

American Thoracic Society: “Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.”

Pulmonary Hypertension Association.

Stringham, R.  August 2010. American Family Physician, 

NCBI Bookshelf: “Heritable Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.”

Kingrey, J:  Fall 2014. Pathlight, 

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 2, 2019

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What is Pulmonary Hypertension?”

American Heart Association: “Pulmonary Hypertension.”

American Thoracic Society: “Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.”

Pulmonary Hypertension Association.

Stringham, R.  August 2010. American Family Physician, 

NCBI Bookshelf: “Heritable Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.”

Kingrey, J:  Fall 2014. Pathlight, 

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 2, 2019

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