This week: Pulmonary hypertension, CRISPR and bleeding disorders

Sep 5, 2019

Upstate pulmonologist Birendra Sah explains pulmonary hypertension, or high blood pressure in the lungs, and the various forms it takes, based on its causes in this week's "HealthLink on Air."

This condition is not to be confused with regular hypertension, which affects the whole body.

Symptoms of pulmonary hypertension may include fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitations and leg swelling, all of which could indicate other disorders. Sah says many patients who are eventually found to have pulmonary hyptertension often make multiple medical visits for heart problems or breathing problems before they are diagnosed. He also addresses treatment options and suggested lifestyle changes.

Also on this week's show, Dr. Gloria Morris and nurse Rachel Grosvenor discuss the gene editing technique known as CRISPR, and hematologist Andrea Dvorak tells about bleeding disorders. Tune in Sunday, September 8 at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.