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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

Dr. Gary Pess
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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 connection between systemic hypertension and pulmonary hypertension 42mmHg and LA mild dilation??

Is there connection between systemic hypertension and pulmonary hypertension 42mmHg and LA mild dilation??

Probably not: 'Systemic and pulmonary hypertension are not usually related. Would get ecchocardiogram to check possible causes of LA dilatation ...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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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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How can pulmonary hypertension disease affect your circulatory system?

How can pulmonary hypertension disease affect your circulatory system?

Effect....: Pulmonary hypertension means the right side of the heart needs to work harder to pump blood into the lung circulation due to the increased pressure. This, in turn, can lead to increased pressures in the peripheral circulation which eventually can lead to increased work of the left side of the heart. ...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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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If you have pulmonary hypertension. Is it a good idea to move to a lower altitude?

If you have low o2: The risk of higher altitude is lower oxygen in the air. This can lead to further strain and stress on the body and worsen pulmonary hypertension, especially in more advanced disease. Your doctors can check your oxygen levels to see if you are at risk for low oxygen. These levels should be checked with rest, activity and with sleep. If your saturations remain in a safe range you don't need to move. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between arterial hypertention and pulmonary hypertension?

I want to know what is the difference between arterial hypertention and pulmonary hypertension?

Lungs vs body: Arterial hypertension is simply high blood pressure, as in 150/95 vs a normal 120/80.
Pulmonary hypertension is increased pressure in the vessels sending blood to the lungs to be oxygenated. This puts stress on right side of the heart and can lead to heart failure if not treated. ...Read more

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I have LVDD, pulmonary hypertension, and newly diagnosed with asthma. What's the prognosis. I'm 67.

I have LVDD, pulmonary hypertension, and newly diagnosed with asthma. What's the prognosis. I'm 67.

Can't say for sure: But those are not good to have together or even separately for that matter. Do you have underlying sleep apnea? That could cause all of these. Treat the root cause if you can. Otherwise, reverse or slow the LVDD to extent possible with medications. Try to keep PH under control with help of your doctor. If you are over-weight, you must lose weight for any hope of getting better. ...Read more

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What does "evidence" of mild pulmonary hypertension, translate to? My chestscan, echo, bw, were great minus this evidence. Is this a death sentence?

No: It is not a death sentence. It just means you need follow up. The reasons for pulmonary hypertension, no matter how mild, needs to be understood. Your physician should be able to give an answer, especially with many tests you went through. ...Read more

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The Dr didn't notice in the echo moderate pulmonary hypertension 42.6 mmHg, but I asked/so why it isn't mentioned in conclusion? Why it is normal study?

The Dr didn't notice in the echo moderate pulmonary hypertension 42.6 mmHg, but I asked/so why it isn't mentioned in conclusion? Why it is normal study?

Does Dr know symptom: RVSP is a sign - or rather, a calculation based on an echocardiogram. By itself, it doesn't mean anything as the measure could be flawed. PAH is a medical condition characterized by high pressures in the pulmonary vessels. While symptom severity correlates with pressure, PAH is diagnosed by Cardiologist based on SYMPTOMS. Did the "Dr" know of your symptoms? Do you feel "normal"? ...Read more

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