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If you have pulmonary hypertension. Is it a good idea to move to a lower altitude?

If you have pulmonary hypertension. Is it a good idea to move to a lower altitude?

If you have low o2: The risk of higher altitude is lower oxygen in the air. This can lead to further strain and stress on the body and worsen pulmonary hypertension, especially in more advanced disease. Your doctors can check your oxygen levels to see if you are at risk for low oxygen. These levels should be checked with rest, activity and with sleep. If your saturations remain in a safe range you dont need to move. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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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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Is it a good sign if a patient in coma's blood pressure increases when you talk to them?

Is it a good sign if a patient in coma's blood pressure increases when you talk to them?

Difficult : BP change on talking to the comatose patient means his autonomic system is responding to some stimuli not necessarily speaking. I am not aware of study that has answered to this parameter for prognosis. ...Read more

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If you didn't know you had a DVT, could exercise be good for a clot and bust it and get rid of it or would it turn it into a pulmonary embolism?

If you didn't know you had a DVT, could exercise be good for a clot and bust it and get rid of it or would it turn it into a pulmonary embolism?

DVT: If someone suspects they have a DVT, they should always seek medical treatment. It can only be safely dissolved with specific medications monitored by a doctor, often in the hospital. ...Read more

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Is it possible to join the airforce if you have a blood clot?

Is it possible to join the airforce if you have a blood clot?

Too vague: The information about the blood clot is too vague to tell you if this would impact military enlistment. Check this site: http://usmilitary.About.Com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/intmedstandards.Htm. ...Read more

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What is a good way to check if I have heart disease without having to go to the doctor's?

What is a good way to check if I have heart disease without having to go to the doctor's?

Information: Persistent chest pain, shortness of breath, fainting, dizziness, swelling of the ankles. Having to sleep on several pillows at night to help the breathing, extra heart beats. Sudden rapid heart rate, frequent skipped heart beats. Family history of heart disease. Unfortunately nothing is specific. If you think you have heart disease then see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to have a hernia in your upper back?

Is it possible for you to have a hernia in your upper back?

Essentially no: More likely a lipoma which is a benign fatty mass under the skin. ...Read more

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What is a best way to find out if your lungs are in good shape or not? I smoke a pack or so a day.

What is a best way to find out if your lungs are in good shape or not? I smoke a pack or so a day.

Top priority to: keep your lungs healthy is to quit smoking. Your doctor may order a chest X-ray, lung function tests, and labs. Best wishes on quitting. It will save you from getting lung cancer, emphysema and heart disease. ...Read more

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How to know if you have a pulmonary embolism? I think I have a calf sprain. What's the major differences and sign you need to see a dr.

How to know if you have a pulmonary embolism? I think I have a calf sprain. What's the major differences and sign you need to see a dr.

Positive Chest CT: If you present with possible signs of pe (shortness of breath, rapid pulse, chest pain, etc) a ct scan of the chest with contrast will frequently be done to confirm the diagnosis of pe. Then you would know. A calf "sprain" could be clots in the leg veins but only infrequently progress to a pe. ...Read more

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Could it be a good idea for me to go on a massive rollercoaster with borderline high blood pressure?

Good idea?: Depends on the thrill seeking nature of the person :-) shouldn't be a problem. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to do cardio and resistance training if you have lower bp?

Is it a good idea to do cardio and resistance training if you have lower bp?

How low?: Low blood pressure can be defined in a relativistic way, such as comparing your blood pressure to a population of similar age & gender people. Or low blood pressure may be defined as a symptom complex including light-headedness, faintness, dim vision, general weakness. Symptomatic low BP is a contraindication to exercise until a cause for it has been determined. ...Read more

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If you have controlled hypertension blood pressure is it a very high risk to get a brazillizn buttlift ?

Not high risk: There are 2 categories for the bbl - gluteal exercises and fat sculpting surgery. I would never recommend surgery without exercise, too. Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your blood pressure. Surgery is always a different story. Controlled blood pressure alone does not increase surgical risk; however, surgery is always more risk than exercise. Consider non surgical options. ...Read more

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If someone was loosing potassium due to a health problem like kidneys etc, would you expect it to be low even with a good diet?

If someone was loosing potassium due to a health problem like kidneys etc, would you expect it to be low even with a good diet?

Possible: The potassium (K) in the body is the balance between what you take in your diet and what you lose either in the urine (due to medications like diuretics or due to some kidney diseases that cause K wasting) or due to loss in stool such as diarrhea.And in most of those conditions we prescribe K supplements and high K diet.High K diet includes dairies, bananas,oranges,nuts,tomato,potato to name a few ...Read more

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In order for stroke to happen in pregnancy would your BP have to be really high or a blood clot? if i monitor my BP &watch for DVT could i prevent it?

In order for stroke to happen in pregnancy would your BP have to be really high or a blood clot? if i monitor my BP &watch for DVT could i prevent it?

Stroke in pregnancy: There is an increased risk of stroke during and soon after pregnancy, however, most cases are due underlying blood disorders, heart problems, vascular abnormalities, that likely one would know about and be monitored for more closely during pregnancy. High blood pressure, pre-eclampsia and eclampsia, also are risks, so YES, keeping BP controlled is very important! Tell your OB about leg swelling. ...Read more

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When should you go in for a head injury and would it make a difference if your a diabetic ?

When should you go in for a head injury and would it make a difference if your a diabetic ?

Several answers: If you have been unconscious more than 1 minute, if you have a penetrating injury (scalp laceration), fluid or blood emanating from nose or ears, speech disturbance, sensory loss, imbalance, visual disturbance, weakness, or memory loss, you need to be checked as soon as possible. Diabetics are more likely to complications but the same general rules apply. ...Read more

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How probable is it for me, 30m, relatively healthy to have a blood clot in my calf? (DVT). And if it is DVT, will it go away or do I need a doctor?

Dvt: Depends but in order to make itself feel more comfortable venous duplex ultrasound (Doppler-sonography) would make the diagnosis or rule out that diagnosis. Antecedent factors could be vigorous physical activity, or recent airplane travel. ...Read more

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Have graves' disease as a result put on weight, i went to Africa to see whether i can get a liposuction, would it be safe to do it with the illness?

Have graves' disease as a result put on weight, i went to Africa to see whether i can get a liposuction, would it be safe to do it with the illness?

Be careful: I would advise against both your statements. You should see a local plastic surgeon for better advice and should stay local. Do not bargain with your health. Your car probably cost three or four times the lipo and will only be good for 5 - 10 years. Your lipo will be good for life. Now on the weigh gain and lipo, this is not for weight loss. Lipo is for contouring. Treat the graves, first. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to fly on plane if you have a collaped lung?

Is it possible for you to fly on plane if you have a collaped lung?

No: Very dangerous to fly on plane with pneumothorax which is the most common cause of "collapsed" lung. The lower air pressure at altitude causes the pneumothorax to get larger and prevents normal lung from expanding. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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Hypertension (Definition)

Hypertension is defined as elevated blood pressure systolic over 140 and diastolic over ...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 ...Read more