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Dr. Robert Boswell
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Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (Overview)

Primary pulmonary hypertension is a condition of increased pressure in the blood vessels of the lung, often leading to weakness, shortness of breath, and heart failure.


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How long do people with primary pulmonary hypertension usually live?

How long do people with primary pulmonary hypertension usually live?

Depends: 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. For example, in some studies 85% of patients are alive at two years after diagnosis but if a patient has an episode requiring cpr, only 6% survive two years. Some keys to survival are early diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Boswell
36 doctors shared insights

Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (Overview)

Primary pulmonary hypertension is a condition of increased pressure in the blood vessels of the lung, often leading to weakness, shortness of breath, and heart failure.


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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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Are there tests to confirm the doctor's diagnosis of primary pulmonary hypertension?

Are there tests to confirm the doctor's diagnosis of primary pulmonary hypertension?

Echo and cath: Echocardiogram is a good noninvasive tool to evaluate pulmonary hypertension. A right heart cath is a more direct and precise way of measuring pulmonary artery pressure and assesss response to treatment. ...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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Methamphitamines caused primary pulmonary hypertension what's best?

Methamphitamines caused primary pulmonary hypertension what's best?

See a specialist: This is a serious condition and is best handled by a physician who specializes in this condition. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for primary pulmonary hypertension?

What is the treatment for primary pulmonary hypertension?

Vasodilator meds: Treatment of primary pulmonary htn, meaning disease of the pulmonary artery itself, includes medications to lower the BP of the lung blood vessels. The class of meds include prostanoids, endothelin receptor antagonists and phosphodiesterase inhibitors. All of these medication dilated the blood vessel in the lung and lower the pressure. Other medications can include blood thinners and diuretics. ...Read more

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What happens when a person with primary pulmonary hypertension stops taking drugs?

What happens when a person with primary pulmonary hypertension stops taking drugs?

Bad idea: Untreated pulmonary hypertension is a life-threatening condition. Medications have been developed that can improve the condition and the outcome. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting primary pulmonary hypertension?

Are some people more prone to getting primary pulmonary hypertension?

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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What's primary pulmonary hypertension ?

What's primary 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 considered primary or idiopathic if no clear cause is identified. ...Read more

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Primary pulmonary hypertension, what to do?

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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Dr. Creighton Wright
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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)

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