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is pulmonary hypertension hereditary?

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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Sometimes: Pulmonary hypertension is not one disease, but several, and how inherited it is depends on the type of disease and the cause. There is a type called familial pulmonary hypertension which is, by definition, inherited. Other types of pulmonary hypertension are caused by other conditions such as heart disease or sleep apneas. Blood clots to the lungs can be inherited and can also cause pulm htn.
Dr. Rodolfo Pascual
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Can be-usually not.: Most patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah) are the only member of the family affected. Less that 10% will have an affected relative. However, genes have been identified that are associated with pah. Genetic testing can be done at some centers.
Dr. Frank Mayo
Pulmonary Critical Care 48 years experience
Sometimes: The new dana point classification of pulmonary HTN includes an hereditary class. For those pts specific genetic testing for chromosomal abnormalities is indicated.
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.

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Is pulmonary hypertension hereditable?

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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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Does pulmonary hypertension affect all races at similar rates?

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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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A 16-year-old member asked:

Is pulmonary hypertension a hereditary condition?

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Dr. Craig Brown
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Pulmonary HTN: Yes, there is a category of pulmonary hypertension that is familial. I have reviewed several case reports about this. It does not seem that be that common in every day practice.

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