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What is the connection between leg cramps and pulmonary hypertension?

What is the connection between leg cramps and pulmonary hypertension?

Unrelated: Pulmonary hypertension is increase in the pulmonary artery pressure, resulting in shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, cough, and may have ankle swelling. Cramping in leg muscles is seen with venous incompetence often associated with ankle swelling. The two different disease process can cause ankle swelling, and that may contribute to the cramping. ...Read more

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Dr. Corey Clay
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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 relationship between leg cramps and pulmonary hypertension?

What is the relationship between leg cramps and pulmonary hypertension?

Likely None: Probably no relationship. Pulmonary hypertension patients take diuretics (water pills) which can deplete potassium and magnesium; low levels of these can cause leg spasms/cramps. ...Read more

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I am experiencing severe leg edema, is this a common symptom of pulmonary hypertension?

I am experiencing severe leg edema, is this a common symptom of pulmonary hypertension?

It can be: Edema can result from right sided heart failure but there are many other causes including left heart failure, venous obstruction, inflammation, and other causes as well. All edema needs an evaluation and explanation however. ...Read more

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Are the elderly with COPD & pulmonary hypertension & clot in the leg prone to cough? How can cough be avoided?

Are the elderly with COPD & pulmonary hypertension &  clot in the leg prone to cough?  How can cough be avoided?

Cough in copd: Patient's with COPD are prone to develop cough as the air ways are affected or from bronchitis. Trial of cough medications may help. Pulmonary hypertension is unlikely to cause cough. ...Read more

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I have pulmonary hypertension. Today i noticed red spots above my left ankle, and a few up my leg. They don't itch. What could they be?

I have pulmonary hypertension.  Today i noticed red spots above my left ankle, and a few up my leg.  They don't itch.  What could they be?

Depends on cause.: Depends on what is causing the pulmonary hypertension. The red spots could be small blood vessels that are visualized by the heart failure or inflammation of the blood vessels, best to check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can an elderly with copd, pulmonary hypertension, blood clot in leg take cough syrup for her cough?

Can an elderly with copd, pulmonary hypertension, blood clot in leg take cough syrup for her cough?

Yes: Yes, if your doctor prescribed it for you. He/she already factored in all of your problems and medications you are currently on with any new medication recommended. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between tricuspid valve and pulmonary hypertension?

Is there a connection between tricuspid valve and pulmonary hypertension?

As: The pressure in your pulmonary vasculature increases, this changes affect the efficacy of your right side of the heart and may result in insufficiency of your tricuspid. ...Read more

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Does pulmonary hypertension affect men and women at similar rates?

Does pulmonary hypertension affect men and women at similar rates?

Depends on the cause: Assuming you're referring to primary pulmonary hypertension, the female to male ratio is 1.6 to 3.6 to 1, depending on the registry. Females predominate in all registries. ...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 long term effects of pulmonary hypertension are common?

Many: The right side of the heart eventually can fail. Current medicines can help manage the disease and early diagnosis can help hold off the complications of the disease. ...Read more

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Does anyone have a bad outcome from primary pulmonary hypertension?

Does anyone have a bad outcome from primary pulmonary hypertension?

Yes: Untreated pulmonary hypertension is a life-threatening condition. Medications have been developed that can improve the condition and the outcome. ...Read more

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I have acute throemboelic pulmonary hypertension and am 2 years post pulmonary endartorectomy. I have had pneumonia 3 times since why is this.

I have acute throemboelic pulmonary hypertension and am 2 years post pulmonary endartorectomy. I have had pneumonia 3 times since why is this.

Unknown: People with pulmonary hypertension are more prone to pneumonia but why you have thromboembolic PAH is anyone's guess. Have you been thoroughly tested for hypercoagulable states? (there are many). Regardless, you need lifetime anticoagulation. Is this accomplished? Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can pulmonary hypertension get better without treatment?

Can pulmonary hypertension get better without treatment?

No: Without treatment, the condition is life-threatening. 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 about prognosis before a thorough evaluation. Some keys to survival are early diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Does pulmonary hypertension cause right atrial enlargement?

PAH: Yes it can. In Pulmonary Hypertension, imagine the right side of the heart as a pump and the pulmonary arteries as a dam. When pulmonary artery pressures keep going up, the blood backs up into the pump (heart) and can affect both chambers of the right side of the heart. The Right Atrium can enlarge and the Right Ventricle can enlarge, become thick, or lose ability to pump properly. ...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. James Isobe
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Legs Cramping (Definition)

Involuntary contraction of one or more muscle groups in the lower extremities. There are ...Read more