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is pulmonary hypertension hereditable?

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Dr. Arnon Rubin
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: If you have primary pulmonary hypertension there are several classes of drugs to treat it. Tracleer, (bosentan) revatio, letaris are some of the drugs that can be used in the right situation.
Dr. Lokesh Guglani
Pediatric Pulmonology 21 years experience
Yes and No: Not all forms of pulmonary hypertension are heritable. Pulmonary hypertension can develop due to severe chronic lung or heart disease, chronic thrombotic disorders, sickle cell disease & rare blood vessel disorders. Certain rare types of pulmonary hypertension associated with bmpr-2 mutations are heritable. Please consult a lung specialist for full diagnostic work up.
Dr. Charles Burger
Pulmonology 36 years experience
It may be inherited: Up to 5% of patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah) may have a genetic or heritable cause. Research studies have identified a genetic abnormality affecting bone morphogenetic protein receptor 2 (bmpr2) that appears to predispose a patient to pah. Fortunately, even if an individual inherits the abnormal gene, the likelihood of developing pah is only 1 in 5.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Usually not: Primary pulmonary hypertension usually strikes at random, without any clear familial tendency. Nobody understands why. Other pulmonary hypertension is secondary to some other lung disease. Best wishes.

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Is pulmonary hypertension treatable?

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Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
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Yes: Various medications can be used such sildefanil and other related medications, as also immunosuppressive therapy and smoking cessation, omega 3 fatty acids can be of help as well, and at the least cause no harm.
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Does pulmonary hypertension affect all races at similar rates?

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Dr. Donald Elton
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Maybe: The disease is still rare and most patients are going undiagnosed. Because of this good data is difficult to get when those diagnosed are the minority and other factors influence who gets diagnosed. That said, there is a recent study showing mortality is worse among black women - at least in the US but this says nothing of prevalence.
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Is there a cure for pulmonary hypertension?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Hard to tell: It depends on what the cause of it is. Obstructive sleep apnea if causing it, may be cured by weight loss and some surgical techniques, whereas primary pulmonary hypertension will not get cured but may be adequately controlled by some medications.
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Is pulmonary hypertension an inherited disease?

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Dr. Donald Elton
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Sometimes: There are some forms of pulmonary HTN that are inherited and there are some conditions that lead to pul HTN that are inherited but there are also forms of pul HTN that are not inherited.
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What does severe pulmonary hypertension means?

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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 22 years experience
Very high pressure: "severe pulmonary hypertension" means that the blood pressure in the lungs is very high. This is different than "systemic hypertension, " which is high blood pressure in the vessels of the body. The concept, however, is the same. There are a number of causes of this pulmonary hypertension, and when very severe, it can cause significant disease. This should be followed closely by a specialist.

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