Can Pulmonary Hypertension Lead to Heart Failure?

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Q: I'm afraid that I have pulmonary hypertension. Some people say it can lead to heart failure. Is it true? A: Pulmonary hypertension is a condition in which the high blood pressure damages the arteries in the lungs and the right side of the heart. The disease can cause a series of complications, including the enlargement of the right side of the heart and heart failure which are caused by cor pulmonale. In cor pulmonale, the pulmonary arteries become narrowed or blocked. Therefore, the right side of the heart, the right ventricle, has to work harder to push blood through the lungs, which causes great damage to the right ventricle. Over time, the damaged right ventricle can progress to heart failure.   Keywords: pulmonary hypertension heart failure   Related FAQs: