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Doctor insights on: Secondary Pulmonary Hypertension Life Expectancy

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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.

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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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.

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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.

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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.

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What exactly does "pulmonary hypertension secondary to otitis media" mean?

What exactly does "pulmonary hypertension secondary to otitis media" mean?

Meaningless: Those two conditions have nothing to do with each other. They can both exist in te same person but one does not cause the other with any kind of regularity.

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If you have pulmonary hypertension secondary to sleep apnea, how long did it take to develop?

If you have pulmonary hypertension secondary to sleep apnea, how long did it take to develop?

It's hard to say.: Inadequate sleep prevents the body from healing itself which leads to inflammation in the body. Inflammation is key cause of many health problems like asthma, hypertension, arthritis, and auto-immune disorders, have an obvious inflammatory component. Treating sleep apnea helps to lower systemic inflammation, which might prevent or help remedy some serious health problems.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Can pulmonary hypertension be improved by exercising?

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.

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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.

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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.

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Pulmonary hypertension/ any advantage to move to lower elevation?

Yes: Living above 3500 ftt while also having pulmonary HTN is problematic. The lower oxygen tensions at high altitude constrict the blood vessels in the lung and can make pulmonary htn. Definitely something to review with your doctor.

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What's the difference between regular hypertension and pulmonary hypertension?

Lung vs body: Pulmonary hypertension (ph) is when there is an increase in pressure in the pulmonary circulation, leading to shortness of breath, regular hypertnesion is when there is an increase in the blood pressure in the arteries thoughout the rest of the body.

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Can I take morphine with pulmonary hypertension?

Can I take morphine with pulmonary hypertension?

Lordy YES!: There would be the same issues with morphine in any case: addiction, respiratory depression if large amounts are taken and in patients in whom there are other issues with sedation (the sedation of the morphine, especially with other sedatives can make breathing issues) BUT fundamentally, yes, it is even used to lower pulmonary hypertension in contexts such as acute heart attack pain.

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Can pulmonary hypertension be diagnosed through echo?

Yes: Echo is a non invasive way to diagnose pulmonary hypertension. It is use very frequently - other options include catheterization of the heart to measure pressure within the lung blood vessels/vasculature.

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What makes a child get primary pulmonary hypertension?

What makes a child get primary pulmonary hypertension?

Good question: I had a patient with a failure of normal breathing control in brainstem. She had pulmonary hypertension. Thus, I think that enters into the causative mechanism. It may sound strange when I say that it could be something as simple as viamin b1 deficiency, particularly if he craves sugar. I doubt very much that the doc in charge will take that seriously!

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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