Pulmonary hypertension can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are similar to those of other heart or lung conditions.

This means there can sometimes be a delay before a correct diagnosis is made.

See a GP if you have symptoms of pulmonary hypertension, such as breathlessness and tiredness.

Initial assessment

A GP may ask about:

You may also have a physical examination where a GP will listen to your heart and lungs, and check for any swelling in your legs or ankles.

Further tests

If a GP thinks you may have pulmonary hypertension, they'll recommend further tests.

The 2 main tests used to help diagnose the condition are:

Other tests you may have include:

Classifying pulmonary hypertension

If you're diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, your condition will be classified depending on how severe your symptoms are. This is to help work out the best treatment for you.

It's usually classified into 4 types, where: 

Read about how pulmonary hypertension is treated.

Page last reviewed: 1 August 2019
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