When it comes to your body, there are so many unknowns that you may believe came from out of the blue. The truth is, your body is always going to let you know whether it’s doing well or not. You just have to look for the signs and know what the signs mean.
If you’re feeling energized and your skin is glowing, it could be because you got a restful sleep the night before and are hydrated today. If you’re feeling sluggish, tired, or even in pain in some areas; your body is trying to tell you that it may need sleep, relief, or even a doctor’s visit (especially if the problem is because of your arteries).
What Is Pulmonary Hypertension?
Your arteries are important and can be impacted by many things. One example is bad eating habits, which can cause your arteries and body to have serious complications.
One of those complications is called pulmonary hypertension.
Pulmonary hypertension is a specific type of high blood pressure. This type of high blood pressure affects the arteries, lungs, and right side of your heart. Pulmonary hypertension has the ability to worsen as time goes on and become life-threatening. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this condition.
Pulmonary hypertension occurs when the change in cells that line up with the pulmonary arteries causes the walls in the arteries to become thick.
In pulmonary arterial hypertension (a form of pulmonary hypertension), the blood vessels in your lungs are narrowed, blocked, and or destroyed. This slows or blocks the blood flow to the lungs and can lead to the rise of blood pressure in the arteries causing your heart to work three times as hard to pump blood through your lungs.
All this talk about your heart and blood vessels may sound like other diseases, like Transthyretin amyloidosis or ATTR-CM. ATTR occurs when your liver produces faulty transthyretin (TTR) proteins.
Clumps of these abnormal proteins (called fibrils) build up in your heart’s main pumping chamber. Your left ventricle becomes stiff and weak. This cardiomyopathy makes it harder for your heart to pump blood to your body. Heart failure can occur.
The main difference is that ATTR-CM is a protein disorder. In this condition, clumps of irregular proteins called fibrils build up in your heart instead of your arteries. These protein deposits stiffen your left ventricle, your heart’s main pumping chamber.