When should I call my doctor about pulmonary hypertension (PH)?

Call your doctor if you are having problems with:

  • Weight gain — 2 pounds in one day or 5 pounds in one week
  • Swelling in your ankles, legs, or abdomen that has become worse
  • Shortness of breath that has become worse, especially if you wake up short of breath
  • Extreme fatigue or decreased tolerance for activity
  • A respiratory infection or a cough that has become worse
  • Fast heart rate (around 120 beats per minute)
  • Episodes of chest pain or discomfort with exertion that are not relieved with rest
  • Difficulty breathing with regular activities or at rest
  • Restlessness, confusion
  • Constant dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Nausea or poor appetite

When should I go to the emergency department?

Go to the emergency department or call 9-1-1 if you are experiencing:

  • Hickman catheter complications with intravenous Flolan, such as infection, catheter displacement/leakage of solution or blood, IV pump malfunction
  • New chest pain or discomfort that is severe, unexpected, and is accompanied by shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, or weakness
  • Fast, sustained heart rate (more than 120 to 150 beats per minute) — especially if you are short of breath
  • Shortness of breath that is NOT relieved by rest
  • Sudden weakness or paralysis in your arms or legs
  • Sudden onset of severe headache
  • Fainting spells with loss of consciousness

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