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What is the difference between arterial hypertension and pulmonary hypertension?

What is the difference between arterial hypertension and pulmonary hypertension?

Peripheral vs Lung: Systemic arterial hypertension or just regular hypertension is elevated pressure in aorta or peripheral circulation (arms, legs). Pulmonary hypertension is elevated pressure in the pulmonary arteries in the lungs. Pulmonary hypertension usually has different causes, prognosis and much different treatment than systemic arterial hypertension. ...Read more

Dr. James Lin
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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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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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Is medical marajuina good for asthma my sister have arterial pulmonary hypertension & suffers from asthma. She is on oxygen much of the time. Could marajuina help her?

Is medical marajuina good for asthma my sister have arterial pulmonary hypertension & suffers from asthma. She is on oxygen much of the time. Could marajuina help her?

Marijuana: I am not aware of any randomized, prospective study that demonstrates the benefit of marijuana for pulmonary hypertension. Indeed, I suspect it may worsen the situation for anyone on oxygen. ...Read more

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Does a ordinary heart echo include checking the pulmonary arterial pressure and does a normal echo rule out pulmonary hypertension?

Does a ordinary heart echo include checking the pulmonary arterial pressure and does a normal echo rule out pulmonary hypertension?

Typically an estimat: Echocardiography typically estimates pulmonary artery pressure indirectly. PA pressure is measured directly with heart catheterization. Echo is a good screening test. ...Read more

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What's the difference between hypertension and pulmonary hypertension?

What's the difference between hypertension and pulmonary hypertension?

One is in the lungs: Our blood pressure generally averages around 120/80 although lower is not necessarily bad. When it gets to 130/90 and above this is considered hypertension. The normal pressure in the arteries in the lungs is 25/15 because the right side of the heart only has to push blood through the lungs, not the whole body. When this pressure gets above 35/20 it's pulmonary hypertension. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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What is the difference between pulmonary venous congestion and pulmonary hypertension, if there is a difference?

What is the difference between pulmonary venous congestion and pulmonary hypertension, if there is a difference?

Pulmonary: Briefly pulmonary venous congestion is one cause of pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary hypertension has multiple causes. Pulmonary venous congestion is a sign of something wrong with the heart. ...Read more

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What is the difference between severe pulmonary hypertension and raised jugular venous pressure? Do they always coincide?

What is the difference between severe pulmonary hypertension and raised jugular venous pressure? Do they always coincide?

Difficult to discern: The real test called jvp was designed to determine presence of heart failure or fluid overload. The presence of high pressure against which the right ventricle has to work in pah causes the exaggerated bulging back of the tricuspid in rv systole and also causes jvp. Tricuspid stenosis thus would do the same thing. ...Read more

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Difference between pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary atrial hypertension?

Difference between pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary atrial hypertension?

PH and PAH: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is often first detected by echocardiogram and may be caused by a variety of conditions. Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is caused narrowing of the small lung arteries and must be diagnosed by heart catheterization. PAH requires treatment by an expert specialist. ...Read more

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What is differences between right ventricular hypertrophy & right heart failure; cor pulmonale & pulmonary hypertension? Do they hv the same meaning?

What is differences between right ventricular hypertrophy & right heart failure; cor pulmonale & pulmonary hypertension? Do they hv the same meaning?

Related: Pulmonary hypertension leads to right ventricular hypertophy. If the hypertension is severe and prolongued, the hypertrophied right ventricle begins to enlarge out of proportion to it's thickness. That is called cor pulmonale. Subsequently the right ventricle begins to fail, the right ventricular end diastolic pressures rise over 20mmhg, the rv cardiac output gets compromised, legs, liver, abdswell. ...Read more

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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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Can children get pulmonary hypertension?

Yes: Sometimes there are congenital cardiac defects that can cause pulmonary hypertension even in newborns. While rare, a pulmonary embolism can cause acquired pah in a child. Primary pah can occur in the teen years. Secondary pH can occur with lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis. ...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 is the best way to deal with pulmonary hypertension?

Depends: Pulmonary hypertension is classified into five groups. Each group has differing causes, prognosis and response to therapy. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my baby is having pulmonary hypertension?

How can I tell if my baby is having pulmonary hypertension?

Must see a doctor: Children or infants can usually be diagnosed with pulmonary HTN with the help of echocardiography though a heart catheterization is required to confirm the diagnosis. These tests are done when there is clinical suspicion on the part of the treating physicians. ...Read more

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How to know the cause of my moderate pulmonary hypertension?

Pulmonary HTN: If confirmed by a catheter study then there is a differential diagnosis list to assess cause, do not smoke, do drugs, avoid amphetamines etc:go and discuss with whoever made the initial diagnosis ...Read more

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Does pulmonary hypertension affect all races at similar rates?

Does pulmonary hypertension affect all races at similar rates?

Complicated: I'm assuming you're referring to idiopathic or primary pulmonary hypertension? I don't think there has ever been a world wide study - most studies include a registry in their own country, so I don't think the answer to your question is known. There are genetic factors so the incidence may well be different in different races. ...Read more

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What activities must somneone avoid with pulmonary hypertension?

What activities must somneone avoid with pulmonary hypertension?

Discuss with doctor: Limitations for pulmonary HTN could be summarized by "listen to your body". As there are many causes for pulmonary HTN the discussion of activity limitations should be with a physician familiar with the disease. Generally one should avoid salt and should note how quickly the heart rate raises with activity. Certainly actvities in high altitude should be avoided. ...Read more

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Is it possible that alagilles syndrome be mistook portal pulmonary hypertension?

Yes: I have not seen one but literature says that it can indeed cause portal hypertension due to the liver problem and blood return is impeded. The smaller pulmonary arteries can be deemed pulmonary hypertension unless left and right heart cath can be done to prove the pulmonary circulation is ok and only the larger artery involved, cath may be difficult due to the pressure and size of vessels. ...Read more

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What classes of medications are helpful to treat or control pulmonary hypertension?

What classes of medications are helpful to treat or control pulmonary hypertension?

PH Cure: There are 9 available medications for pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah) including phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors, endothelin receptor blockers and prostaclins. The treatment can be quite effective but does not generally cure pah. Lung transplant can cure the disease but has other significant issues. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...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