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Can losing weight reverse "mild" pulmonary hypertension? I had an echo done and this was the diagnosis and I was told lose weight only.

Can losing weight reverse "mild" pulmonary hypertension? I had an echo done and this was the diagnosis and I was told lose weight only.

It can't hurt!: Improving your 'fitness' can't hurt - a moderate, balanced healthy diet, exercise, adequate rest, etc may resolve the problem. But it'd be wise to check for changes. Ask for a fuller explanation or find another provider who will follow-up and take steps if you are not successful. Don't worry. Unlike fitness, that can hurt! Press for more assistance: a plan for you and for the doctor. Best wishes ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Stages of pulmonary hypertension?

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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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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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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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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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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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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