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Arterial Hypertension Symptoms
A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more
PAH and HELLP=danger: Not sure of a causal link, but if a patient with pah becomes pregnant, there is a 30-50% chance of death. There was an abstract published last year on a case of pah and hellp, resulting in emergency fetal termination, and heart/lung transplantation of the mom. I have referenced the link below. http://www.atsjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1164/ajrccm-conference.2012.185.1_meetingabstracts.a6190. ...Read more
Peripheral vs Lung: Systemic arterial hypertension or just regular hypertension is elevated pressure in aorta or peripheral circulation (arms, legs). Pulmonary hypertension is elevated pressure in the pulmonary arteries in the lungs. Pulmonary hypertension usually has different causes, prognosis and much different treatment than systemic arterial hypertension. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lungs vs body: Arterial hypertension is simply high blood pressure, as in 150/95 vs a normal 120/80. Pulmonary hypertension is increased pressure in the vessels sending blood to the lungs to be oxygenated. This puts stress on right side of the heart and can lead to heart failure if not treated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can an intake of water balance sodium intake so pressure is not exerted on the arterial walls and can prevent hypertension?
That's not right: The reason sodium raises BP is because it draws water in (by osmosis) and expands the circulating blood volume. People who do not have hypertension aren't harmed - the excess sodium and water is cleared by the kidneys. Those who are sensitive have an excessive rise in bp. ...Read more
Is medical marajuina good for asthma my sister have arterial pulmonary hypertension & suffers from asthma. She is on oxygen much of the time. Could marajuina help her?
Depends: Phtn due to liver disease is curable with liver transplant. This is not very common. Most phtn is primary and related to established damage to the pulmonary circulation. In these cases, therapy with prostaglandin derivatives may help reverse this in a few patients, but most patients with severe phtn will not be candidates for liver transplant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more
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