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Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon
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Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is continuous high blood pressure in the pulmonary artery. The average blood pressure in a normal pulmonary artery is about 14 mmHg when the person is resting. In PAH, the average is usually greater than 25 mmHg. PAH is a serious condition for which there are treatments but no cure, and treatment benefits many patients. There are 2 types of PAH:Primary (PPAH) is inherited or occurs for no known reason. Secondary (SPAH) is caused by, or occurs because of another condition. The conditions include chronic heart or lung disease, blood clots in the lungs, or a disease like scleroderma. More info
Sources: DHHS, NIH and NHLBI

 

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