I was just wondering if there is any such thing as pulmonary hypotension? (the opposite of PAH)
I am trying to come up with theories to why I am short of breath at rest, but it improves with exercise
i was thinking that since PAH causes SOB with exertion, maybe my opposite symptoms could mean pulmonary hyPOtension? what would be the symptoms of that? What else would cause breathless feelings at rest that improve with cariovascular exercise?
Pulmonary hypotension can occur but only due to heart failure, body fluid depletion, a great fall in systemic blood pressure, shock and obstruction to blood flow into the pulmonary arteries. There is no correlate of primary pulmonary hypertension.
The most likely cause of what you describe, shortness of breath at rest that improves with exercise, is hyperventilation. For some reason you are overbreathing and/or focusing to an abnormal degree on your breathing, at rest, and this is most often associated with anxiety, with or without panic disorder. Treatment consists of cognitive behavioral therapy or a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor in the case of panic disorder and a combination of those 2 treatments in the case of panic disorder with agoraphobia, which is an abnormal fear of open spaces. Breathing exercises can be part of the behavioral therapy but not because the disorder is due to faulty breathing habits.
Copyright 1994-2016MedHelp International.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.