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Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Is there a possible link between hereditary hemochromatosis, polycythemia vera (primary jak2 mutation), & idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension?
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
I got pulmonary arterial hypertension during my first pregnancy, now I have normal pressure again after treatment can I get pregnant again?
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
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
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
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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