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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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What is the life expectancy for a person with primary pulmonary hypertension?

What is the life expectancy for a person with primary pulmonary hypertension?

PH Prognosis: Life expectancy for patients with pulmonary hypertension (ph) depends on the type of ph and the severity of the disease. Physicians use the symptoms, bloodwork, exercise capacity, and heart function to determine the severity. ...Read more

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What is the typical life expectancy for a toddler with pulmonary hypertension?

What is the typical life expectancy for a toddler with pulmonary hypertension?

Pulm HTN: This very much depends on why there is pulmonary hypertension in the first place. Also, what the severity of the pulmonary hypertension is and what other underlying medical problems are also present. This should be managed with a multidisciplinary approach with pediatric cardiologist; pediatric heart surgeon; primary care team; among others. ...Read more

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What is the quality of life for someone with pulmonary hypertension?

Depends on stage: For patients with mild pulm hypertension they may experience shortness of breath only with strenuous activity. As the disease progresses patients become more limited and can even become chair or bed bound. ...Read more

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What can my family member do to live a longer life with pulmonary hypertension?

What can my family member do to live a longer life with pulmonary hypertension?

Pulmonary HTN: It truly depends on the cause of pulmonary htn. If it is idiopathic (no clear cause) they should be referred to a pulmonologist (or cardiologist) that is comfortable treating it. The treatments are somewhat new and not all specialists are comfortable treating it. ...Read more

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Is there anything done as a child that can cause them to have pulmonary hypertension later in life?

Is there anything done as a child that can cause them to have pulmonary hypertension later in life?

Unsure: There are certainly medical conditions that can lead to pulmonary hypertension later in life. If you are referring to possibly exposures, then it depends on the substance, but unlikely. I apologize as i'm not sure how best to answer your question, but there are few things a parent/person could potentially do to cause pulmonary hypertension. ...Read more

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Is severe pulmonary hypertension generally considered to be life-threatening in a 90 year old, especially if it is untreated?

Is severe pulmonary hypertension generally considered to be life-threatening in a 90 year old, especially if it is untreated?

Yes: It is life-threatening at any age, and more so, it simply decreases the quality of life for inability to do much activity and be able to oxygenate adequately. ...Read more

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How do you treat ?Pulmonary hypertension?

Depends on the cause: Pulmonary hypertension can be caused by a large variety of illnesses - chief amongst them heart failure and chronic respiratory disease. These are best treated by treating the underlying illness - sometime if ph is caused in isolation or from more exotic entities like scleroderma or pulmonary embolism the correct treatment is surgery or medications directed at relaxing the pulmonary vasculature. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary hypertension acquired disease?

Is pulmonary hypertension acquired disease?

Generally yes: Usually, it is acquired; however, up to 5% of patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) may have a genetic or heritable cause. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary hypertension a permanent condition?

Pulmonary HTN: In many cases, pulmonary hypertension is irreversible. Treatment options are limited especially when there is no clear cause. In other cases, such as pulmonary emboli, it is reversible with proper treatment and some time. It truly depends on the cause of pulmonary hypertension. ...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. Abraham Jaskiel
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Respiratory (Definition)

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