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Can scleroderma lead to pulmonary hypertension?

Can scleroderma lead to pulmonary hypertension?

Yes: If pulmonary hypertension occurs, it can severely affect quality of life and may cause premature death. Certain types of scleroderma such as limited cutaneous scleroderma are associated with pulmonary hypertension. Other types such as morphea are not. Screening is essential. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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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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Can I have secondary pulmonary hypertension due to crest scleroderma?

Can I have secondary pulmonary hypertension due to crest scleroderma?

Yes: Many pulmonary hypertension patients are diagnosed with ph in association with one or more related conditions. Research shows that up to 30% of scleroderma patients develop at least mild ph. ...Read more

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Have pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, copd, with lupus,scleroderma,many complications. how long can you live with these lung issues?

Have pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, copd, with lupus,scleroderma,many complications. how long can you live with these lung issues?

MCTD: You mentioned you have scleroderma and SLE. You need to be seen by a lung doc if you have not seen one already. You conditions need a multi disciplinary approach with a rheumatologist/ pulmonary doc/ and a cardiologist. Most large teaching hospital have docs that have exp with such complex issues and may be your best bet. Best of luck. ...Read more

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How can cigarette smoking can lead to hypertension?

How can cigarette smoking can lead to hypertension?

Smoking- HTN: While smoking has not been conclusively proven to cause high blood pressure, each cigarette you smoke temporarily increases your blood pressure for many minutes after you finish. ...Read more

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Does smoking always lead to hypertension and arteriosclerosis?

Does smoking always lead to hypertension and arteriosclerosis?

No but why take risk: While smoking doesn't ALWAYS lead to hypertension & arteriosclerosis, this doesn't give you a free pass to make like a chimney. We know your blood vessels narrow down almost immediately from smoking, which decreases blood to your heart & brain (plus penis in men). Which is why the best/easiest/cheapest way to lower your risk for heart attack, stroke & even lung cancer is to quit smoking. ...Read more

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How does stress lead to hypertension?

How does stress lead to hypertension?

Unknown: Although stress may lead to the release of some hormones that may cause elevation of blood pressure like adrenaline. The exact link has not been proven and the definition of stress most of the time is relatively subjective and not well measured. ...Read more

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How does a disorder of the kidneys lead to hypertension?

How does a disorder of the kidneys lead to hypertension?

Excess Hormones: In certain rare situations, a gland on the kidney can secrete a hormone that persistently elevates blood pressure. Additionally, the renal arteries can narrow and also lead to an elevated blood pressure. ...Read more

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In what way do psychological conditions that lead to hypertension?

In what way do psychological conditions that lead to hypertension?

Doesn't: Emotional distress will raise the BP but that's not the same as the disease called hypertension in which the BP is chronically elevated, even at complete rest. I am aware of no study implicating psychological conditions as an etiology (cause) of htn. Temporary BP spikes during stress are physiologic (normal) and do not lead to long term complications of htn. ...Read more

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Dermatosclerosis (Definition)

Dermatosclerosis (also known as scleroderma), is a disease of the connective tissue, causing tightening and ...Read more


Dr. Pierre Moeser
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Scleroderma (Definition)

Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease characterized by tightening of the skin on ...Read more