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I have rheumatoid arthritis, am I more susceptible to get pulmonary hypertension

I have rheumatoid arthritis, am I more susceptible to get pulmonary hypertension

Potentially: Patients with active and deforming RA have a higher incidence of developing pulmonary fibrosis. When the lungs become thicker and more fibrotic it is harder for blood to get through the lungs leading to pulmoary hypertension. These patients usually have very aggressive ra. ...Read more

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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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 would be the best treatment for rheumatoid arthritis in a 52 year old female. She has hypertension and hypothyroidism and is on medication 4 both?

What would be the best treatment for rheumatoid arthritis in a 52 year old female. She has hypertension and hypothyroidism and is on medication 4 both?

"BEST" treatment : Means really what is the optimal treatent. What is the balance that is needed between drugs, therapy, exercise and surgery for each specific area that may be affected by the ra. Overall lab work is often used to follow the effects of certain disease modifynh drugs or dmards but these are clicial paths that have many twists and turns. This is why the field of rheumatology and when needed orthopedic. ...Read more

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Medications for rheumatism and high blood pressure?

Medications for rheumatism and high blood pressure?

Medications: That question is so far out of bounds, it is unanswerable for this simple app. There are over ninety different blood pressure medications and then you add on a whole other disease. This site is not to learn pharmacology or science. Your treating physician will help you decide on the appropriate treatment for your conditions. ...Read more

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High albumin and CO2. Just diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Is the RA the reason those levels are high?

High albumin and CO2. Just diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Is the RA the reason those levels are high?

No: It is not generally worrisome to have high albumin and CO2 if they are just slightly up. Not related to R.A. Ask doctor abut tests who ordered. ...Read more

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Ra factor very high, but not rheumatoid arthritis? I am 56 women, my RA factor result is super high, is 380, but other testes of related rheumatoid arthritis all normal ( including blood testes and x ray). After three month i did all test again, the resul

Ra factor very high, but not rheumatoid arthritis? I am 56 women, my RA factor result is super high, is 380, but other testes of related rheumatoid arthritis all normal ( including blood testes and x ray). After three month i did all test again, the resul

Rheumatoid : Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that requires certain criteria for it s diagnosis . We automatically think that if a test for a disease is positive you have to have the disease , but that is not how it goes. For example there are to types of anti-globulins , igg and igm , they may be positive in different situations for the same disease so one is positive for the acute phase and the other becomes positive later , this is only an example..So things need to be proven to be valid. An is not an automatic concept , if is positive I have it and if not what do I have. There are many things we still need to learn about many diseases and many laboratory results. Rheumatoid factor can go up , with age , with certain infection etc etc if you google it , you will find the complete list. You saw the rheumatologist , and obviously he did a diagnosis based on your clinical picture and is not rheumatoid arthritis , in the same manner he will consider other possibilities for that findings , he would have order additional test if there was a suspicion of another entity that may give a positive rheumatoid factor . Since he evaluated you he would be the best person to ask, rather than to figured out the other way oround, doctors see patients and suspect diseases, and then request labs to confirm the diagnosis or ruled them out , the other way around is difficult and is not how it is usually done. ...Read more

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Is there a relation between high white blood cell count and rheumatoid arthritis?

Maybe: Some patients with RA may have an elevated WBC count as a manifestation of inflammation. Patients on Prednisone for RA may also show a high wbc, although this usually occurs at higher doses of Prednisone than are used to treat ra. ...Read more

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Would CRP be high with rheumatoid arthritis?

Would CRP be high with rheumatoid arthritis?

See below: Yes it would if it is active but it can also be elevated in other conditions such as infections. ...Read more

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What does a high rheumatoid arthritis factor and c-reactive protein quantitative mean?

What does a high rheumatoid arthritis factor and c-reactive protein quantitative mean?

see details: It means you may have rheumatoid arthritis. However, the rheumatoid factor is relatively nonspecific. A ccp antibody test is a better one and more specific for ra. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Can anything other than myositis cause elevated jo 1 antibody? Possible false positive? Could I have been wrongly diagnosed w/ rheumatoid arthritis?

Can anything other than myositis cause elevated jo 1 antibody? Possible false positive? Could I have been wrongly diagnosed w/ rheumatoid arthritis?

Usually not RA.: Myositis can be associated with several types of autoantibodies: anti-jo1 antibodies are a type of anti-nuclear antibody. Anti-srp antibodies are mainly associated with, but are not specific for, polymyositis. The ccp antibody is most specific for ra. Keep in mind that certain meds for RA also work in myositis, such as Methotrexate and steroids. ...Read more

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) (Definition)

A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure (top number) and a diastolic blood pressure (bottom number). The systolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum contraction. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum relaxation. Ideal blood pressure is 120/80 or lower. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is 140/90 or higher. ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more