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What exactly is pulmonary hypertension?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone answered

Specializes in Pulmonology

High pressure: Pulmonary hypertension is a rise the pressure readings in the pulmonary vascular bed. It can be estimated using a study called a cardiac ultrasound/echocardiogram. Many patients then go on to a more definitive evaluation of the pressure with a procedure called a heart catheterization (direct measurement of the pressures). High pressure can cause fainting, chest pain and edema (swelling).

Answered 6/26/2017

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Dr. Fernando Torres answered

Specializes in Pulmonology

Lung vessel damage: Phtn is a generic name for high pressures in the blood vessels of the lung. Pah is narrowing of the pulmonary arteries which cause the right side of the heart to pump harder and increase the blood pressure, to allow blood to flow through the blood vessels of the lung. There are other forms of phtn, but pah is the must dangerous.

Answered 7/7/2020

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Dr. Charles Burger answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

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.

Answered 2/26/2017

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