Heart and Blood Conditions
Pulmonary Hypertension Symptoms and Diagnosis
Symptoms of Pulmonary Hypertension
The most common symptoms in children with pulmonary hypertension are breathing problems. If your child has symptoms, these may get worse with exercise or activity.
Other symptoms may include:
- Feeling short of breath when active
- Fainting or feeling weak or dizzy when active
- Being more tired than normal
- Chest pain
- Bluish color to the lips, hands and feet (cyanosis)
- Swelling in the ankles
Pulmonary Hypertension Diagnosis
To diagnose this condition, your doctor will examine your child and use a stethoscope to listen to their heart.
The doctor will ask for details about your child's symptoms, their health history and your family health history.
You child may also be asked to do a 6-minute walk test. For this test, they're asked to walk as far as they can in 6 minutes and then report on how tired they feel and how well they can breathe. We will also check the level of oxygen in their blood. This walk test can be used to monitor your child's condition over time, to see whether it is getting worse.
Contact the Heart Center at 206-987-2015 for a cardiac referral, a second opinion or more information.