The recent death of singer Natalie Cole from complications of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) has raised many questions about this rare lung disease.
- Approximately 25 to 50 people per million have pulmonary arterial hypertension.
- The condition predominantly affects women in their 40s and 50s. In fact, women diagnosed with PAH outnumber men with the condition 3:1.
- Shortness of breath is the most common symptom. Others include lightheadedness, fatigue, chest pain and lower extremity edema.
- Diagnosis is typically suspected based on an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) and confirmed with a right heart catheterization.