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what exactly is pulmonary hypertension?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
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).
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 27 years experience
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.
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.
Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
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Mar 13, 2013

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A 21-year-old member asked:

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.
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Is pulmonary hypertension treatable?

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Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Specializes in Addiction Medicine
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.
A 21-year-old member asked:

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.
A 21-year-old member asked:

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.
A 29-year-old member asked:

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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