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Doctor insights on: Is Acupuncture Beneficial For People With Pulmonary Hypertension

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Acupuncture (Definition)

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more


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Can children get pulmonary hypertension?

Can children get pulmonary hypertension?

Yes: Sometimes there are congenital cardiac defects that can cause pulmonary hypertension even in newborns. While rare, a pulmonary embolism can cause acquired pah in a child. Primary pah can occur in the teen years. Secondary pH can occur with lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis. ...Read more

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What does severe pulmonary hypertension mean?

What does severe pulmonary hypertension mean?

Very high pressure: "Severe pulmonary hypertension" means that the blood pressure in the lungs is very high. This is different from "systemic hypertension, " which is high blood pressure in the vessels of the body. The concept, however, is the same.

There are a number of causes of this pulmonary hypertension, and when very severe, it can cause significant disease. This should be followed closely by a specialist. ...Read more

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What is the best way to deal with pulmonary hypertension?

What is the best way to deal with pulmonary hypertension?

Depends: Pulmonary hypertension is classified into five groups. Each group has differing causes, prognosis and response to therapy. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my baby is having pulmonary hypertension?

How can I tell if my baby is having pulmonary hypertension?

Must see a doctor: Children or infants can usually be diagnosed with pulmonary HTN with the help of echocardiography though a heart catheterization is required to confirm the diagnosis. These tests are done when there is clinical suspicion on the part of the treating physicians. ...Read more

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How to know the cause of my moderate pulmonary hypertension?

Pulmonary HTN: If confirmed by a catheter study then there is a differential diagnosis list to assess cause, do not smoke, do drugs, avoid amphetamines etc:go and discuss with whoever made the initial diagnosis ...Read more

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Does pulmonary hypertension affect all races at similar rates?

Does pulmonary hypertension affect all races at similar rates?

Complicated: I'm assuming your referring to idiopathic or primary pulmonary hypertension? I don't think there has ever been a worldwide study — most studies include a registry in their own country, so I don't think the answer to your question is known. There are genetic factors so the incidence may well be different in different races. ...Read more

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What activities must somneone avoid with pulmonary hypertension?

What activities must somneone avoid with pulmonary hypertension?

Discuss with doctor: Limitations for pulmonary HTN could be summarized by "listen to your body". As there are many causes for pulmonary HTN the discussion of activity limitations should be with a physician familiar with the disease. Generally one should avoid salt and should note how quickly the heart rate raises with activity. Certainly actvities in high altitude should be avoided. ...Read more

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What's the difference between hypertension and pulmonary hypertension?

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 its pulmonary hypertension. ...Read more

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Is it possible that alagilles syndrome be mistook portal pulmonary hypertension?

Yes: I have not seen one but literature says that it can indeed cause portal hypertension due to the liver problem and blood return is impeded. The smaller pulmonary arteries can be deemed pulmonary hypertension unless left and right heart cath can be done to prove the pulmonary circulation is ok and only the larger artery involved, cath may be difficult due to the pressure and size of vessels. ...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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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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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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Is negative smoking worsen pulmonary hypertension?

Is negative smoking worsen pulmonary hypertension?

Well: Not sure what you mean by negative smoking. Smoking does worse in any longer pulmonary condition. ...Read more

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Does loosing weight reverse pulmonary hypertension?

Does loosing weight reverse pulmonary hypertension?

Obesity and PH: There may be some association between obesity and pulmonary hypertension (ph). Conversely, dietary suppressants have been demonstrated to cause ph. Regardless, losing weight generally improves your breathing if your overweight. Discuss the best approach with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can pulmonary hypertension cause troubles breathing?

Yes: Common symptoms include breathlessness, chest pain, dizziness, chronic fatigue, edema (leg swelling), and light-headedness or fainting at rest or with exercise. ...Read more

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What are the tests for primary pulmonary hypertension?

What are the tests for primary pulmonary hypertension?

Many: There are several tests that a patient goes through to confirm primary pulmonary htn. The process usually begins with an ultrasound of the heart (echocardiogram) to identify high pressure. Other test will include lung function tests, test for blood clots, blood test for a variety of diseases and ultimately a right heart catheterization must be done. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of primary pulmonary hypertension?

What are the symptoms of primary pulmonary hypertension?

Short of breath: The initial symptoms include shortness of breath at exertion which can progress to shortness of breath at rest. Other symptoms can include chest pain and dizziness. In the more advanced stages of the disease the patient will notice leg swell, water retention, rapid heart rates. ...Read more

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1st echo showed pulmonary hypertension another did not,?

Reflec BP: This suggest that your pulmonary hypertension is mild and variable. Usually that suggest that the elevated pulmonary pressure is probably reflective of your systemic blood pressure. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is pulmonary hypertension?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is pulmonary hypertension?

High bp: This is high blood pressure in the arteries in the lung. It can be due to thickening of the walls of the arteries causing them to be noncompliant. (there is also pulmonary hypertension if the left side of the heart has high pressure transmitting backward but that is a different case) this pressure has to be overcome by the right heart to pump blood through. ...Read more

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Artrial septial defect with pulmonary hypertension in children?

Artrial septial defect with pulmonary hypertension in children?

Talk to MD: As long as there is no reversal of flow which can happen soon due to pulmonary hypertension, a surgical repair may be beneficial. The answer should be given by a cardiologist. Talk to the cardiologist please for your child's sake. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can pulmonary hypertension be cured? What is the life expectancy?

Can pulmonary hypertension be cured? What is the life expectancy?

Pulmonary hypertensi: Complicated question, if the cause of pah is found and resolved before pulmonary elevated resistance is fixed, a cure is possible. Most often however pah is not cured, it is treated. ...Read more

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What do you think of the drug Ventavis (iloprost) for treating pulmonary hypertension?

What do you think of the drug Ventavis (iloprost) for treating pulmonary hypertension?

Approved by FDA: (VENTAVIS) (ILOPROST Generic Name) is approved by FDA for treatment of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension(PTH) in World Health Organisation(WHO) Group 1 Patients ...Read more

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What is "persistent pulmonary hypertension?

HIGH BP in the LUNG: Persistant pulmonary HTN means that the blood pressure in the lung is elevated even during rest. There can be many causes including heart and lung diseases, blood clots in the lung and primary disease of the blood vessel of the lung. It can be difficult to diagnose, sometimes unrecognized for months to years. Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain and sometimes dizziness. ...Read more

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Can scleroderma lead to pulmonary hypertension?

Can scleroderma lead to pulmonary hypertension?

Yes: If pulmonary hypertension occurs, it can severely affect quality of life and may cause premature death. Certain types of scleroderma such as limited cutaneous scleroderma are associated with pulmonary hypertension. Other types such as morphea are not. Screening is essential. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for pulmonary hypertension?

What is the treatment for pulmonary hypertension?

PH Treatment : Fda approved treatments include oral endothelin receptor antagonists (eras), ambrisentan and bosentan; oral phosphodiesterase inhibitors, tadalafil and sildenafil; and prostanoids (iloprost, epoprostenol, and treprostinil) that can be delivered via inhalation or by intravenous or subcutaneous infusion. The "best" treatment of pulmonary hypertension (ph) should be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can bisoprolol be used for pulmonary hypertension?

Can bisoprolol be used for pulmonary hypertension?

No: Bisoprolol and its drug class, the beta blockers, are being studied for use in pulmonary hypertension. There isn’t a definite answer on it yet. As of now, while some individual practitioners might feel comfortable prescribing it on the basis of their own experience, my own assessment is that the majority of evidence does not support the use of bisoprolol for pulmonary hypertension at this time. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment for pulmonary hypertension?

Debated: There are multiple medications available to treat pulmonary hypertension. Most of these function to cause vasodilation (relaxation of the blood vessels of the lungs). It is debated which class of medications work best for pulmonary hypertension. I personally feel that combinations of medications seem to be the very best therapy. ...Read more

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Can obesity related pulmonary hypertension be reversed?

Most likely: There is a greater risk of obstructive sleep apnea (osa) with obesity which can then lead to pulmonary hypertension. If you lose the weight, osa will improve in a number of individuals and possibly resolving the pulmonary hypertension as well. ...Read more

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Can pulmonary hypertension get better without treatment?

Can pulmonary hypertension get better without treatment?

No: Without treatment, the condition is life-threatening. 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 about prognosis before a thorough evaluation. Some keys to survival are early diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Austina Cho
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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


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