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Pulmonary hypertension question. Does it ever reverse itself?

Pulmonary hypertension question. Does it ever reverse itself?

Sometimes: Secondary pulmonary hypertension can reverse itself if the inciting cause can be fixed before the pulmonary hypertension becomes permanent. Examples of reversal causes of pulmonary hypertension includes hypoxia (lack of oxygen) caused by asthma or obstructive lung disease, sleep apnea, or valvular diseases. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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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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I hope that this question isn't too general. Is the treatment for pulmonary hypertension always the same as the usual treatment for cardiac failure? Please elaborate if possible.

I hope that this question isn't too general. Is the treatment for pulmonary hypertension always the same as the usual treatment for cardiac failure? Please elaborate if possible.

No.: Pulmonary hypertension requires specific medicines. Heart failure completely different medicines, though significant pulmonary hypertension can cause right sided heart failure that requires heart failure medications. ...Read more

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What's pulmonary hypertension?

What's pulmonary hypertension?

High BP in the lung: The pressure in the blood vessels of the lung is increased in pulmonary htn. Causes can include heart disease, disease of the lung and primary disease of the blood vessel of the lung. The symptoms are mainly shortness of breath but can also include chest pain and dizziness. The disease can go unrecognized for some time before its diagnosed. ...Read more

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What is pulmonary hypertension?

What is pulmonary hypertension?

See below: Normal pulmonary artery pressure (pap) in a person living at sea level has mean value of 12-16 mm of hg.Pulmonary hypertension is present when mean pa pressure is above25 mm of hg at rest or 30 mm of hg with exercise! ...Read more

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Stages of pulmonary hypertension?

PH Stages: There are not any specific stages of pulmonary hypertension (ph); however, one of the several ways your doctor determines the severity of the ph is by assessing your symptoms using the new york heart association (nyha) score from 1 to 4. Four is the worse and typically involves shortness of breath at rest. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary hypertension hereditary?

Is pulmonary hypertension hereditary?

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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Is pulmonary hypertension hereditable?

Yes: If you have primary pulmonary hypertension there are several classes of drugs to treat it. Tracleer, (bosentan) revatio, letaris are some of the drugs that can be used in the right situation. ...Read more

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What exactly is pulmonary hypertension?

What exactly is 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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Can pulmonary hypertension be reversed?

Can pulmonary hypertension be reversed?

Possibly: FDA approved treatments include oral, inhaled and infusion medications. These treatments widen lung blood vessels and ease the symptoms of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH). ...Read more

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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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How do you treat? Pulmonary hypertension?

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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Looking for expert on pulmonary hypertension?

Looking for expert on pulmonary hypertension?

Tertiary care center: Most pulmonary hypertension experts are in tertiary medical/academic medical centers. Ideally you want to find a pah center of excellence in your state or area. ...Read more

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What are the tests for pulmonary hypertension?

What are the tests for pulmonary hypertension?

PH evaluation: The conclusive diagnostic test for PAH is a right heart catheterization to measure pulmonary artery pressures and cardiac output. The diagnosis may be supported by physical findings, blood tests, chest x-rays, electrocardiograms, echocardiograms, pulmonary function tests, exercise tolerance tests (six-minute walk tests) and nuclear scans (ventilation/perfusion scan), but these tests may be negative or only suggestive of the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the stages of pulmonary hypertension?

PH Stages: Pulmonary hypertension (ph) does not have stages; however, the symptoms are often graded using a functional class system. Class I is little to no symptoms all the way to class IV which includes shortness of breath at rest and right heart failure. ...Read more

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What does severe pulmonary hypertension means?

What does severe pulmonary hypertension means?

Very high pressure: "severe pulmonary hypertension" means that the blood pressure in the lungs is very high. This is different than "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 are the effects of pulmonary hypertension?

What are the effects of pulmonary hypertension?

PH symptoms: High blood pressure in the lungs is called pulmonary hypertension (ph) or pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah). Idiopathic pah has no known cause. Symptoms are non-specific and often include shortness of breath, chest discomfort, light headedness, and even exertional fainting. ...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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Is pulmonary hypertension a hereditary condition?

Is pulmonary hypertension a hereditary condition?

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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Could you give me info on pulmonary hypertension?

Could you give me info on pulmonary hypertension?

Narrower question: Could you narrow this down a little - whole books are written on the topic. We'd be glad to try to address a specific concern. ...Read more

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Could hypertension lead to pulmonary hypertension?

Could hypertension lead to pulmonary hypertension?

Yes: There are many causes of pulmonary hypertension and one specific cause is from left heart disease. If systemic high blood pressure (hypertension) remains untreated for a long time, it can cause consequences to the left ventricle of the heart and cause problems of relaxation or thickening. This in turn causes high pressure in the left side of the heart and ultimately backup of blood and Pulm Hyptn. ...Read more

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Can you takebisoprolol for pulmonary hypertension?

Can you takebisoprolol for pulmonary hypertension?

Bisoprolol for PH: Pulmonary hypertension (ph) can be caused by heart disease. If so, medication such as bisoprolol may be helpful. Bisoprolol would not be beneficial for pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah). ...Read more

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Is pulmonary hypertension the same as hypertension?

Is pulmonary hypertension the same as hypertension?

No: Pulmonary HTN refers to increased pressures in the arteries between the heart and lung downstream from the right ventricle while hypertension refers to systemic arterial high blood pressure (the arteries that are downstream from the left ventricle. ...Read more

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Can pulmonary hypertension be improved by exercising?

Not usually: It may help with the stamina, but it is unlikely to affect the disease process itself. ...Read more

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Could pulmonary hypertension get better with exercise?

Could pulmonary hypertension get better with exercise?

Caution: If you have pulmonary hypertension, you might pass out with exercise. Exercise alone is not likely to improve pulmonary hypertension unless it is due to conditions such as obesity, arterial hypertension, or sleep apnea. ...Read more

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How is pulmonary hypertension vs. Regular hypertension?

Very different: Pulmonary hypertension is high pressure in the lungs and associated with chest pain, shortness of breath and fainting spells. Essential or systemic hypertension is different and is high pressure in blood vessels outside of the lungs. It can cause headaches, cheat pain but usually no fainting spells. ...Read more

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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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What are the symptoms of idiopathic pulmonary hypertension?

What are the symptoms of idiopathic pulmonary hypertension?

PH symptoms: High blood pressure in the lungs is called pulmonary hypertension (ph) or pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah). Idiopathic pah has no known cause. Symptoms are non-specific and often include shortness of breath, chest discomfort, light headedness, and even exertional fainting. ...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


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Respiratory (Definition)

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