Pulmonary and Sleep Specialists in Michigan

Pulmonary Hypertension Doctor in Michigan

Pulmonary Hypertension Doctor in Oakland County and Wayne County Michigan

What is pulmonary hypertension?

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a complex condition characterized by an elevated blood pressure in the lungs' arteries. This chronic and progressive disease can significantly impact one's quality of life. Early detection and effective management of this condition can improve the lives of those affected.

How is pulmonary hypertension diagnosed?

The diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension involves a series of tests to assess lung function, heart function, and blood pressure levels. A right heart catheterization is the gold standard for diagnosing PH, as it measures the exact pressure within the pulmonary artery. Other diagnostic tools include echocardiograms, chest X-rays, electrocardiograms (ECG), and pulmonary function tests.

Dr. Asker Asmi, MD is a certified pulmonologist, and sleep disorders doctor in Michigan

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Dr. Asmi is a Pulmonologist and sleep specialist based in Michigan that specializes in advanced COPD. He follows a multidisciplinary treatment plan that includes nutrition, medicine, lifestyle changes, damage prevention and active treatment with close follow up. Doctor Asmi’s expertise include Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. Dr. Asmi is also affiliated with Beaumont Hospital and runs a private practice in Riverview, MI.

What are the symptoms of pulmonary hypertension?

Symptoms of pulmonary hypertension can vary greatly from person to person. Common symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain or pressure, swelling in the legs, ankles, and feet, dizziness, and rapid heart rate. In some cases, individuals may experience syncope (fainting) upon exertion.

What are the causes of pulmonary hypertension?

Pulmonary hypertension can be classified into several types based on their underlying causes. The most common forms include pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), which is idiopathic in about half of cases, meaning the cause is unknown; and secondary pulmonary hypertension, which results from an identifiable condition such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, or connective tissue disorders.

What are the treatments for pulmonary hypertension?

Treatment for pulmonary hypertension focuses on managing symptoms and improving overall health. Medications like calcium channel blockers, endothelin receptor antagonists, phosphodiesterase inhibitors, and prostacyclin analogs can help reduce blood pressure within the lungs' arteries. In some cases, a lung or heart-lung transplant may be considered as a last resort.

How can the impact of pulmonary hypertension be minimized?

There is no surefire way to prevent pulmonary hypertension, especially since many cases are idiopathic. However, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help reduce the risk of developing this condition. This includes quitting smoking, eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and managing any underlying conditions effectively.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is the life expectancy for someone with pulmonary hypertension?

Life expectancy varies widely depending on individual factors such as age, severity of symptoms, and response to treatment. Some individuals may live well into their old age with proper management, while others may have a more aggressive form of the disease.

Can pulmonary hypertension be cured?

Currently, there is no known cure for pulmonary hypertension. However, treatments can help manage symptoms and improve overall quality of life.

What are the risk factors for developing pulmonary hypertension?

Risk factors include smoking, heart disease, COPD, connective tissue disorders, and certain medications (such as appetite suppressants and steroids).