What is pulmonary vascular disease?
Pulmonary vascular disease refers to the condition which affects the blood vessels leading to or from the lungs. These blood vessels connect the lung and the heart, fulfilling the blood with oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide. Pulmonary vascular disease can be caused by various reasons, based on the exact affected blood vessels. Any part of the heart-lung blood circuit can be damaged or blocked and thus pulmonary vascular disease occurs.
Pulmonary vascular disease include pulmonary arterial hypertension, pulmonary venous hypertension, pulmonary embolism and chronic thromboembolic disease. The most common symptom is shortness of breath.
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