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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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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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's primary pulmonary hypertension ?

What's primary 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 considered primary or idiopathic if no clear cause is identified. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is pulmonary hypertension?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is pulmonary hypertension?

High bp: This is high blood pressure in the arteries in the lung. It can be due to thickening of the walls of the arteries causing them to be noncompliant. (there is also pulmonary hypertension if the left side of the heart has high pressure transmitting backward but that is a different case) this pressure has to be overcome by the right heart to pump blood through. ...Read more

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What is pulmonary hypertension? A doctor said I had it, but told me nothing about it.

What is pulmonary hypertension? A doctor said I had it, but told me nothing about it.

Hypertension: Pulmonary hypertension is basically an increase in blood pressure in the vasculature of your lungs. Patients may be totally asymptomatic or suffer from a severe form and be in need of treatment. There are many causes of pulmonary hypertension including heart failure and various lung diseases. ...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 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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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 class of pulmonary hypertension do I have if it was caused by severe pulmonary hypertension?

What class of pulmonary hypertension do I have if it was caused by severe pulmonary hypertension?

Pulmonary hyperte: Pulmonary hypertension can be primary or secondary, from your question it isn't clear which kind you have or the cause. The severity also isn't clear from your info. ...Read more

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What is primary pulmonary hypertension like?

What is primary pulmonary hypertension like?

PH: High blood pressure in the lungs is called pulmonary hypertension (ph) or pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah). Primary ph is now known as idiopathic (no clear cause) pah which is a chronic and life-changing disease that can lead to breathlessness and right heart failure if left untreated. ...Read more

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What is "persistent pulmonary hypertension?

What is "persistent pulmonary hypertension?

HIGH BP in the LUNG: Persistant pulmonary HTN means that the the blood pressure in the lung is elevated even during rest. There can be many causes including heart and lung diseases, blood clots in the lung and primary disease of the blood vessel of the lung. It can be difficult to diagnose, sometimes unrecognized for months to years. Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain and sometimes dizziness. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is primary pulmonary hypertension?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is primary pulmonary hypertension?

Primary/secondary: When the pressures in the arteries of the lungs are evaluated via left and right heart catheterization, and proven that the increased pressure in the lung circulation is due to the blood vessel problems themselves it is primary. If proven due to other causes as in heart failure, pulmonary embolus, copd, or pulmonary fibrosis then it is secondary. ...Read more

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What is persistent pulmonary hypertension in a newborn?

What is persistent pulmonary hypertension in a newborn?

A Transition: Pphn (acronym) is a common finding. All fetuses have high pulmonary artery resistance because their lungs are collapsed (full of fluid as they're not breathing). When the baby is born and takes a deep breath, the expanded lungs lead to decrease resistance and pressure in lungs. In some babies, the pressure remains high, hence the term pphn. This will resolve if there are no other issues. ...Read more

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What is persistent pulmonary hypertension in a newborn?

What is persistent pulmonary hypertension in a newborn?

PPH : In utero the lungs are not expanded and therefore the blood flow is impeded too. So the pressure in these vessels are high. When baby is born since the lung inflates the pressure in these vessel now slowly decrease dramatically. Pph is when the pressure in the vessels does not decrease and thereby difficult to deliver oxygen to the baby. It can resolve with medicines and sometimes without but usua. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Does all pulmonary hypertension necessarily progress without treatment?That depends on what?I have moderate pulmonary hypertension&I will check again

Does all pulmonary hypertension necessarily progress without treatment?That depends on what?I have moderate pulmonary hypertension&I will check again

Varaible: course can be quite variable. Avoid dairy products, /? be on anticoagulant, ? use Cialis type med + a moderate dose (at least) statin. Discuss wi your specialist. HRS, MD, FACC www.thepmc.org ...Read more

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What are symptoms of Pulmonary hypertension? Would I need an inhaler if I had it? Would tachycardia be a symptom? How is it diagnosed?

What are symptoms of Pulmonary hypertension? Would I need an inhaler if I had it? Would tachycardia be a symptom? How is it diagnosed?

Common symptoms: are shortness of breath, fatigue, cough, chest pain, ankle swelling or fainting. Elevated heart rates may or may not been seen. Remember there are many causes of pulmonary hypertension, treatment depends on the cause. Diagnosis involves many tests but often sounds studies of the heart(transthoracic echocardiograms) and catheterization to measure blood vessel pressures are utilized. ...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 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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What is danger of primary pulmonary hypertension?

What is danger of primary pulmonary hypertension?

Life-threatening: Untreated, it can be fatal. There are many factors that influence survival such as age, sex, presence of heart failure, etc. Thus, it is best not to make a general statement before a thorough evaluation. The key is early evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Respiratory (Definition)

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