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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. Peter Ihle
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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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After two months of being in hosp my mom was finally moved to a rehab. After a week on being there her legs r swelling up again. Could her pulmonary hypertension be further along than we think?

After two months of being in hosp my mom was finally moved to a rehab. After a week on being there her legs r swelling up again. Could her pulmonary hypertension be further along than we think?

May be: Sometimes in rehab, they are not as aggressive with diuretics. The swelling may be a sign that the phtn is worse, but it may be as simple as her diet been high on salt or increase fluid intake. I would ask the doctor to address the fluid retention... ...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

Dr. James Isobe
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Legs Cramping (Definition)

Leg pain can be due to a muscle cramp (also called a charley horse). Common causes of cramps include: * Dehydration or low amounts of potassium, sodium, calcium, or magnesium in the blood * Medications such as: o Diuretics, which can cause you to lose too much fluid or minerals o Statins, which lower cholesterol and can cause muscle injury * Muscle fatigue or strain from overuse, too much exercise, or holding a muscle in the same position ...Read more


Dr. Charles Burger
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Pulmonary Hypertension (Definition)

Pulmonary hypertension is elevated blood pressure in the lungs and can be a primary problem or due to other causes. The right side of the heart pumps blood to the lungs and if the BP in the lungs is elevated, the right side of the heart can often fail over time. Pulmonary hypertension can be difficult to diagnose and usually requires echocardiography ...Read more