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Pulmonary hypertension can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are similar to those of other heart or lungs conditions.

This means there can sometimes be a delay before a correct diagnosis is made.

See your GP if you have symptoms of pulmonary hypertension, such as breathlessness and tiredness.

Initial assessment

Your GP will ask about:

You may also have a physical examination where your GP will listen to your heart and lungs, and check for any swelling in your legs or ankles.

Further tests

If your GP thinks you may have pulmonary hypertension, they'll recommend further tests.

The two main tests used to help diagnose the condition are:

Other tests you may have include:

Classifying pulmonary hypertension

If you're diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, your condition will be classified depending on how severe your symptoms are. This is to help work out the best treatment for you.

It's usually classified into four types, where: 

Read about how pulmonary hypertension is treated.