Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a term used to describe progressive lung diseases in which less air flows into and out of the lungs due to loss of elasticity of the airways and air sacs (alveoli); destruction of the walls between the air sacs; and inflammation (swelling) of the walls of the airways. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two most common types of COPD.
Mild-to-moderate pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a common complication of COPD. It is important for people with COPD to report any changes in current physical abilities to their doctor. Shortness of breath with activity, increased fatigue, swelling of the ankles, legs or abdomen, chest discomfort or pain, and light-headedness and fainting can all be symptoms of COPD-associated PH.
Download the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA)’s free patient brochure to learn more about PH risks and treatment options.