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A 38-year-old member asked:

are hypertension and portal hypertension the same thing?

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Dr. Claude Parola
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
No: Hypertension is elevated systemic blood pressure, but portal hypertension is when the pressure of the portal vein is elevated. The portal vein is a big vessel that goes from the gastrointestinal tract to the liver, the pressure in this vein can become elevated in cirrhosis( hardening of the liver), in alcoholic liver disease, in hepatitis or from other causes of cirrhosis.
Dr. Howard Min
Cardiology 23 years experience
No: No, these entities are quite different. Systemic hypertension, which is usually just referred to as just hypertension, refers to elevations in the standard blood pressure. Portal hypertension actually refers to high blood pressure in the portal vein, which is the vein that connects the gut to the liver. Portal hypertension usually accompanies severe cirrhosis of the liver.

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Is the timing of developmental milestones the same for all children?

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Dr. Julia Sundel
Pediatrics 18 years experience
No: Some children reach the milestones earlier while others may reach them later. Try not to compare your child to others. Your pediatrician will do a developmental screening at each well child visit and will address your concerns. If your baby is significantly delayed, further evaluation may be needed.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

Should my baby be in the same percentile for height and weight?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
No: No, this is a common misconception! if all children had the same percentile for height and weight, there would be no tall skinny, broad muscular, or short heavy kids! growth percentiles are mostly used to predict and track growth over time.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

How do I ensure my baby's head stays the same shape?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Tummy time!: Many babies develop flattening of the back of the head in the first 4-6 months from sleeping on their backs. Tummy time can help to avoid this. Also, make sure you put your baby in different seats, different positions and encourage him/her to look to both sides in the first few months. Most flattening resolves on its own when babies start to sit up (after 6 months).
A 38-year-old member asked:

Does pregnancy-induced hypertension cause placental abruption?

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Dr. Michael Traub
Fertility Medicine 19 years experience
Yes: High blood pressure, whether present before pregnancy or whether it develops during pregnancy, does increase a woman's risk for abruption. But most women with high blood pressure never have an abruption.
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A 46-year-old female asked:

I ve had hbp ranging from 170 /110 and pulse at about 100 120 most of the time for about a week despite taking BP drugs. Ekg was negative. Thoughts?

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Check with the doc: Many blood pressure medications take longer than a week to have their full effect. Check with your doctor as you may need a higher dose or another medication. Hbp is damaging over the long term most of the time and not over a few days so check with your doctor.

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