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is pulmonary hypertension the same as hypertension?

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Dr. Donald Elton
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No: Pulmonary HTN refers to increased pressures in the arteries between the heart and lung downstream from the right ventricle while hypertension refers to systemic arterial high blood pressure (the arteries that are downstream from the left ventricle.
Dr. Liviu Klein
Cardiology 23 years experience
No: Pulmonary hypertension is basically high blood pressure in the heart and lungs and can be caused by many diseases, and is unrelated to systemic hypertension.
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 32 years experience
Different: They are different. The pressure generated by the left side of the heart and arteries of the body in general is referred to as hypertension. On the other hand the pressure generated by the right side of the heart and the arteries of the lungs is pulmonary hypertension. Both can be dangerous and need evaluation and treatment.
Dr. Charles Burger
Pulmonology 36 years experience
No: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is abnormally high blood pressure (BP) in the arteries of the lungs whereas hypertension refers to high BP in the systemic circulation measured by a BP cuff on the arm.
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
High BP in the lung: The pressure in the blood vessels of the lung is increased in pulmonary htn. Causes can include heart disease, disease of the lung and primary disease of the blood vessel of the lung. The symptoms are mainly shortness of breath but can also include chest pain and dizziness. The disease can go unrecognized for some time before its diagnosed.
Dr. Charles Burger
Pulmonology 36 years experience
Pulmonary Hypertensi: High blood pressure in the lungs is called pulmonary hypertension (ph) or pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah). Pah is a chronic and life-changing disease that can lead to right heart failure if left untreated.
Dr. George Mathew
Cardiology 58 years experience
See below: Normal pulmonary artery pressure (pap) in a person living at sea level has mean value of 12-16 mm of hg.Pulmonary hypertension is present when mean pa pressure is above25 mm of hg at rest or 30 mm of hg with exercise!
Dr. Charles Burger
Pulmonology 36 years experience
High BP in the lungs: High blood pressure (BP) in the lungs is called pulmonary hypertension (ph) or pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah). Pah is a chronic and life-changing disease that can lead to right heart failure if left untreated.

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