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If I have mild pulmonary hypertension during pregnancy, shortness of breath and a racing heart can labor make this worse?

If I have mild pulmonary hypertension during pregnancy, shortness of breath and a racing heart can labor make this worse?

Certainly: Your obstetrician and cardiologist will have to follow you closely during the pregnancy. Labor puts stress on your entire body including your heart, so they may decide that an elective c-section is safest. If you have a trial of labor, an epidural can help control the pain and make the experience less stressful. But it would not decrease the stress on the heart of actually giving birth. ...Read more

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Dr. CESAR HOLGADO
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Difficult Labor (Definition)

Many women have no problems with pregnancy other than the normal discomforts. Others, however, experience more serious complications that need immediate attention. You may hear your situation referred to as "high risk," and that simply means that if you had certain medical conditions before you were pregnant or had a complication during your pregnancy, you and your baby will be monitored more closely. It is extremely important that you stay in close contact with your doctor and call immediately if you experience any warning signs. Early diagnosis of a problem is important for your health ...Read more


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What classes of medications are helpful to treat or control pulmonary hypertension?

What classes of medications are helpful to treat or control pulmonary hypertension?

PH Cure: There are 9 available medications for pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah) including phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors, endothelin receptor blockers and prostaclins. The treatment can be quite effective but does not generally cure pah. Lung transplant can cure the disease but has other significant issues. ...Read more

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What class of pulmonary hypertension do I have if it was caused by severe pulmonary hypertension?

What class of pulmonary hypertension do I have if it was caused by severe pulmonary hypertension?

Pulmonary hyperte: Pulmonary hypertension can be primary or secondary, from your question it isn't clear which kind you have or the cause. The severity also isn't clear from your info. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary hypertension the same as hypertension?

No: Pulmonary HTN refers to increased pressures in the arteries between the heart and lung downstream from the right ventricle while hypertension refers to systemic arterial high blood pressure (the arteries that are downstream from the left ventricle. ...Read more

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What exactly is pulmonary hypertension?

What exactly is 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 a chronic and life-changing disease that can lead to right heart failure if left untreated. ...Read more

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What's the difference between hypertension and pulmonary hypertension?

One is in the lungs: Our blood pressure generally averages around 120/80 although lower is not necessarily bad. When it gets to 130/90 and above this is considered hypertension. The normal pressure in the arteries in the lungs is 25/15 because the right side of the heart only has to push blood through the lungs, not the whole body. When this pressure gets above 35/20 it's pulmonary hypertension. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary hypertension hereditary?

Is pulmonary hypertension hereditary?

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. ...Read more

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Could hypertension lead to pulmonary hypertension?

Could hypertension lead to pulmonary hypertension?

Yes: There are many causes of pulmonary hypertension and one specific cause is from left heart disease. If systemic high blood pressure (hypertension) remains untreated for a long time, it can cause consequences to the left ventricle of the heart and cause problems of relaxation or thickening. This in turn causes high pressure in the left side of the heart and ultimately backup of blood and Pulm Hyptn. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary hypertension acquired disease?

Is pulmonary hypertension acquired disease?

Generally yes: Usually, it is acquired; however, up to 5% of patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) may have a genetic or heritable cause. ...Read more

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Looking for expert on pulmonary hypertension?

Tertiary care center: Most pulmonary hypertension experts are in tertiary medical/academic medical centers. Ideally you want to find a pah center of excellence in your state or area. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Burger
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Pulmonary Hypertension (Definition)

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


Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Hypertension (Definition)

hypertension is a medication similar to High blood pressure. Hypertension is defined as elevated blood pressure systolic over 140 and diastolic over ...Read more