If You’ve Got Sarcoidosis, You Need to Know This

For 90-95% of people living with sarcoidosis, the disease affects their lungs.

As granulomas grow throughout the organs, they may experience coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, and sometimes even cough up blood. But for 95-99% of those with sarcoidosis, the disease isn’t fatal.

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For most people, sarcoidosis is not fatal, but beware of pulmonary hypertension.
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There are, however, complications that make sarcoidosis much more serious.

Increased pressure in the arteries responsible for transporting blood from the heart to the lungs known as pulmonary hypertension, is one of those complications. Because the heart ends up working harder to deliver blood to the lungs, a person with sarcoidosis and pulmonary hypertension is at an increased risk for heart failure.

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Those living with sarcoidosis should be on the lookout for symptoms associated with pulmonary hypertension, including persistent shortness of breath or trouble breathing.

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An echocardiogram can be used to screen for pulmonary hypertension, accompanied by heart catheterization to confirm.

If a person with sarcoidosis is found to also have pulmonary hypertension, they may require a lung transplant.

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Lung transplants have come a long way, but it’s still better to do everything you can to avoid one.
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Older patients with sarcoidosis are more likely to also develop pulmonary hypertension.

If you have more questions about pulmonary hypertension and sarcoidosis, don’t be afraid to talk with your healthcare team. Together, you CAN manage life with sarcoidosis!

James Ernest Cassady

James Ernest Cassady

Though "Ernest" is a family name that's been passed down for generations, James truly earned his middle moniker when, at the age of five, he told his mother that "laughing is stupid unless EVERYBODY is happy." Since then, the serious little bastard has been on a mission to highlight the world's shortcomings (and hopefully correct them). In addition to his volunteer work at hospitals and animal shelters, James also enjoys documentaries and the work of William Faulkner. He is originally from Oklahoma.

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