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What diet medications can lead to pulmonary hypertension?

What diet medications can lead to pulmonary hypertension?

Appetite suppressant: Appetite suppressants like fenfluramine, dexfenfluramine, and Diethylpropion increase the risk of pulmonary artery hypertension (pah). Those with pah are more likely to have used appetite suppressants. Cocaine and amphetamines have also been attributed to developing pah. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Hypertension (Definition)

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


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Can pulmonary hypertension be improved by adopting a healthy diet

Can pulmonary hypertension be improved by adopting a healthy diet

Possibly : Healthy diet and lifestyle will help, but not likely to cure the disorder. Read: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/pah/livingwith.html ...Read more

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Can I take vitamin C pills (always made of sodium/potassium bicarbonate, (sodium bicarbonate) ascorbate, benzoate...) w. pulmonary hypertension requiring low sodium diet?

Can I take vitamin C pills (always made of sodium/potassium bicarbonate, (sodium bicarbonate) ascorbate, benzoate...) w. pulmonary hypertension requiring low sodium diet?

Yes, however...: I strongly advise you take Vitamin C, ideally 1000 mg 2-3x/day, but you should try to find forms without sodium. I don't know what's available in Denmark, but in the US you can find ascorbic acid, or calcium or magnesium ascorbate without sodium. Lypo-spheric Vit. C is esp. well-absorbed,but has 120 mg of sodium, but a low sodium diet usually allows 2000mg/day. Vit. C is best with bioflavonoids. ...Read more

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Can pulmonary hypertension be improved by exercising?

Can pulmonary hypertension be improved by exercising?

Not usually: It may help with the stamina, but it is unlikely to affect the disease process itself. ...Read more

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Could pulmonary hypertension get better with exercise?

Could pulmonary hypertension get better with exercise?

Caution: If you have pulmonary hypertension, you might pass out with exercise. Exercise alone is not likely to improve pulmonary hypertension unless it is due to conditions such as obesity, arterial hypertension, or sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Pulmonary hypertension question. Does it ever reverse itself?

Pulmonary hypertension question.  Does it ever reverse itself?

Sometimes: Secondary pulmonary hypertension can reverse itself if the inciting cause can be fixed before the pulmonary hypertension becomes permanent. Examples of reversal causes of pulmonary hypertension includes hypoxia (lack of oxygen) caused by asthma or obstructive lung disease, sleep apnea, or valvular diseases. ...Read more

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Pulmonary hypertension/ any advantage to move to lower elevation?

Pulmonary hypertension/ any advantage to move to lower elevation?

Yes: Living above 3500 ftt while also having pulmonary HTN is problematic. The lower oxygen tensions at high altitude constrict the blood vessels in the lung and can make pulmonary htn. Definitely something to review with your doctor. ...Read more

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What's the difference between regular hypertension and pulmonary hypertension?

Lung vs body: Pulmonary hypertension (ph) is when there is an increase in pressure in the pulmonary circulation, leading to shortness of breath, regular hypertnesion is when there is an increase in the blood pressure in the arteries thoughout the rest of the body. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary hypertension treatable?

Is pulmonary hypertension treatable?

PAH is treatable: FDA approved treatments include oral endothelin receptor antagonists, ambrisentan and bosentan; nitric oxide pathway, riociguat, tadalafil and sildenafil; and Prostanoids (iloprost, epoprostenol, and treprostinil) that can be oral, inhaled, or intravenous or subcutaneous infusion. These treatments widen lung blood vessels and ease the symptoms of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension ...Read more

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What's primary pulmonary hypertension ?

What's primary pulmonary hypertension ?

High BP in the lungs: High blood pressure (BP) in the lungs is called pulmonary hypertension (ph) or pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah). Pah is considered primary or idiopathic if no clear cause is identified. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for pulmonary hypertension?

Is there a cure for pulmonary hypertension?

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. ...Read more

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Primary pulmonary hypertension, what to do?

PHAssociation: Check web link phassociation.org to find pulmonary hypertension expert and center near you for medical evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Will pulmonary hypertension run in families?

Potentially: Potentially but is is very rare. Likely less than 1 in a million. There is a mutation that is frequent among patient with unexplained pulmonary htn, formally termed idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension. Current research is focused on identifying potential target of therapy that involve the genes related to familial pulmonary htn. ...Read more

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What is primary pulmonary hypertension like?

What is primary pulmonary hypertension like?

PH: High blood pressure in the lungs is called pulmonary hypertension (ph) or pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah). Primary ph is now known as idiopathic (no clear cause) pah which is a chronic and life-changing disease that can lead to breathlessness and right heart failure if left untreated. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary hypertension an inherited disease?

Is pulmonary hypertension an inherited disease?

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. ...Read more

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Can I take morphine with pulmonary hypertension?

Can I take morphine with pulmonary hypertension?

Lordy YES!: there would be the same issues with morphine in any case: addiction, respiratory depression if large amounts are taken and in patients in whom there are other issues with sedation (the sedation of the morphine, especially with other sedatives can make breathing issues) BUT fundamentally, yes, it is even used to lower pulmonary hypertension in contexts such as acute heart attack pain. ...Read more

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Pulmonary hypertension and artial septal defect?

Pulmonary hypertension and artial septal defect?

PH and ASD: One cause of elevated blood pressure in the lungs, called pulmonary hypertension (PH) is an abnormal connection between the heart chambers such as an atrial septal defect that connects the top 2 compartments. ...Read more

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What is danger of primary pulmonary hypertension?

What is danger of primary pulmonary hypertension?

Life-threatening: Untreated, it can be fatal. There are many factors that influence survival such as age, sex, presence of heart failure, etc. Thus, it is best not to make a general statement before a thorough evaluation. The key is early evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


Dr. Charles Burger
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Pulmonary Hypertension (Definition)

Elevated blood pressure in the lungs that can be a primary problem or due to other causes. The right side of the heart pumps blood to the lungs and if the blood pressure in the lungs is elevated, the right side of the heart can fail. Pulmonary hypertension can be difficult to diagnose and usually requires echocardiography ...Read more