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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. Katharine Cox
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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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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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Are there good homeopathic treatments for pulmonary hypertension?

Danger!: While there is no cure for pah, there are treatments that are effective at both halting or slowing disease progression and improving quality of life. Taking water (the only thing in a homeopathic remedy) is fine is the absence of effective treatments or if the disease is benign. Pah is fatal and has treaments. Take the real thing! ...Read more

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After two months of being in hosp my mom was finally moved to a rehab. After a week on being there her legs r swelling up again. Could her pulmonary hypertension be further along than we think?

After two months of being in hosp my mom was finally moved to a rehab. After a week on being there her legs r swelling up again. Could her pulmonary hypertension be further along than we think?

May be: Sometimes in rehab, they are not as aggressive with diuretics. The swelling may be a sign that the phtn is worse, but it may be as simple as her diet been high on salt or increase fluid intake. I would ask the doctor to address the fluid retention... ...Read more

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If you have pulmonary hypertension secondary to sleep apnea, how long did it take to develop?

If you have pulmonary hypertension secondary to sleep apnea, how long did it take to develop?

It's hard to say.: Inadequate sleep prevents the body from healing itself which leads to inflammation in the body. Inflammation is key cause of many health problems like asthma, hypertension, arthritis, and auto-immune disorders, have an obvious inflammatory component. Treating sleep apnea helps to lower systemic inflammation, which might prevent or help remedy some serious health problems. ...Read more

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Does pulmonary hypertension affect men and women at similar rates?

Does pulmonary hypertension affect men and women at similar rates?

Depends on the cause: Assuming you're referring to primary pulmonary hypertension, the female to male ratio is 1.6 to 3.6 to 1, depending on the registry. Females predominate in all registries. ...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. Lawrence Kessler
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Respiratory (Definition)

Pertaining to the work of breathing done by the chest ...Read more