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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 (cardiac ultrasound) to diagnose.

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What is the definition or description of: pulmonary hypertension?

What is the definition or description of: 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 a chronic and life-changing disease that can lead to right heart failure if left untreated. ...Read more

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High blood pressure (Tip)

High blood pressure

Chronic kidney disease can cause treatment-resistant hypertension (high blood pressure). ...See more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Monitor home BP
Daily
Have a regular follow up and work with your doctor
Once
Take your meds as instructed without fail
Once
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I am experiencing severe leg edema, is this a common symptom of pulmonary hypertension?

I am experiencing severe leg edema, is this a common symptom of pulmonary hypertension?

It can be: Edema can result from right sided heart failure but there are many other causes including left heart failure, venous obstruction, inflammation, and other causes as well. All edema needs an evaluation and explanation however. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pulmonary hypertension in an ex-preemie preschooler?

What are the symptoms of pulmonary hypertension in an ex-preemie preschooler?

Breathing probs.: Breathing problems worse with exercise and activities. Short of breath with activity; fainting, feeling short of breath when active; more tired than ususal, chest pain, blue lips, hands/feet-"cyanosis", and edema of legs. Go to your doctor for a listening your ex premie's heart. An echocardiogram/ekg would also be indicated. ...Read more

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High blood pressure (Tip)

High blood pressure

If you have always had a normal blood pressure at 55, you still have 90% chance of hypertension. ...See more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Walk/exercise
60 Min, Daily, forever
Maintain weight
Once
Keep salt intake at 2 grams or less
Daily
Check BP
Every other day
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I've noticed my neck veins have become engorged, is this a sign of pulmonary hypertension

I've noticed my neck veins have become engorged, is this a sign of pulmonary hypertension

Can be: It can be but problems with the left side of the heart are far more common and need to be ruled out first with testing and an exam and medical history. Some engorgement can be normal when you're lying flat but would be abnormal if relaxed and sitting upright. ...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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Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Hypertension (Definition)

hypertension is a medication similar to High blood pressure. Hypertension is defined as elevated blood pressure systolic over 140 and diastolic over ...Read more

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Hypertension (Definition)

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

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