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November is Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month. Pulmonary hypertension is a disease that, because of its name, sometimes is confused with high blood pressure. But, pulmonary hypertension is different. Mayo Clinic pulmonologist Dr. Charles Burger says pulmonary hypertension means the pressures inside the lung are elevated, forcing the right side of the heart to work harder to increase blood flow. Eventually, the heart enlarges and fails. About 20,000 people in the U.S. are being treated for this disease. There is treatment, but no cure.
In this Mayo Clinic Minute, reporter Vivien Williams talks to Dr. Burger about pulmonary hypertension.
Journalists: Broadcast-quality video pkg (0:56) is in the downloads. Read the script.