What Is Chronic Pulmonary Heart Disease?


What is chronic pulmonary heart disease?


Pulmonary heart disease is also known as cor pulmonale, which is used to describe the enlargement and failure of the right ventricle as the result of increased vascular resistance or high blood pressure in the lungs. Over time, the disease progresses to chronic pulmonary heart disease. In this case, the lungs has been damaged due to different reasons, such as COPD, sleep apnea or blood clots in the lung.

Chronic pulmonary heart disease usually leads to right ventricular hypertrophy (RVH), which can make the right ventricle get weaker and fail. The disease also can build up fluid in your body, which can cause more problems, including fatigue and swelling in the legs and body.


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