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Dr. Charles Burger
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Pulmonary Hypertension (Overview)

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 (cardiac ultrasound) to diagnose.


Dr. Charles Burger
314 doctors shared insights

Pulmonary Hypertension (Overview)

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 (cardiac ultrasound) to diagnose.


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Can children get pulmonary hypertension?

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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How could pulmonary hypertension in mitral stenosis prevent pulmonary edema?

How could pulmonary hypertension in mitral stenosis prevent pulmonary edema?

Less flow to lungs: If the pressure in the pulmonary artery is high enough, the right ventricle's ability to pump bood to the lungs is diminished. Less blood flow to the lungs means that there is less fluid to leak out into the air spaces ( alveoli). ...Read more

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Can a person with pulmonary hypertension with right heart failure receive a massage?

Can a person with pulmonary hypertension with right heart failure receive a massage?

Yes: A regular massage is not a problem for pah. Continue your meds and continue close medical followup. If symptoms worsen you may need prostacyclin. ...Read more

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Have pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, copd, with lupus,scleroderma,many complications. how long can you live with these lung issues?

Have pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, copd, with lupus,scleroderma,many complications. how long can you live with these lung issues?

MCTD: You mentioned you have scleroderma and SLE. You need to be seen by a lung doc if you have not seen one already. You conditions need a multi disciplinary approach with a rheumatologist/ pulmonary doc/ and a cardiologist. Most large teaching hospital have docs that have exp with such complex issues and may be your best bet. Best of luck. ...Read more

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With patients diagnosed with idiopathic intracranial hypertension, what gets done?

With patients diagnosed with idiopathic intracranial hypertension, what gets done?

Pseudotumor cerebri: The treatment is based on diagnosis and the amount of pressure plus visual issues and more importantly visual loss - the treatment plan is typically put together with a neurologist and a neurosurgeon working together. ...Read more

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Can 5 weeks of pulmonary hypertension (as well as a few other diagnoses) lead to moderate anoxic brain injury? A patient in his early 50's receives diagnosis of mssa- causing pulmonary hypertension, chf, aortic valve regurgitation, a stretched mitral valv

Can 5 weeks of pulmonary hypertension (as well as a few other diagnoses) lead to moderate anoxic brain injury? A patient in his early 50's receives diagnosis of mssa- causing pulmonary hypertension, chf, aortic valve regurgitation, a stretched mitral valv

Endocarditis: Anoxic brain injury can occur after cardiac arrest. The heart disease you mention could lead to cardiac arrest but you did not mention this in your history. I am concerned about endocarditis, infection of the heart valve, with history of mssa bacteremia. ...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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Pulmonary hypertention a heart or lung condition?

Pulmonary hypertention a heart or lung condition?

Dual workup: Typically you should see both a cardiologist and pulmonologist individually to work this up since they will often take different but complimentary approaches. ...Read more

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Could pulmonary hypertension get better with exercise?

Could pulmonary hypertension get better with exercise?

Caution: If you have pulmonary hypertension, you might pass out with exercise. Exercise alone is not likely to improve pulmonary hypertension unless it is due to conditions such as obesity, arterial hypertension, or sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Anyone who is afflicted with congestive heart failure & edema that has it go away with diet change?

Anyone who is afflicted with congestive heart failure & edema that has it go away with diet change?

Doesn't cure: Diet can certainly make congestive heart failure worse. Salt needs to be closely watched as it will precipitate fluid retention making the congestive failure even worse. Although diet can improve symptoms of congestive heart failure the problem still exist so continued care needs to be applied. With time the heart can improve with regards to its function so make sure medications are continued. ...Read more

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Who gets rheumatic heart disease?

Who gets rheumatic heart disease?

Rheumatic fever : People who get acute rheumatic fever secondary to streptococcal pharyngitis are the recipients of rheumatic heart disease. During ARF patients get pancarditis, an inflammatory process which involves all layers of the heart tissues and which can produce differing degrees of permanent damage. ...Read more

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Will pulmonary hypertension run in families?

Potentially: Potentially but is is very rare. Likely less than 1 in a million. There is a mutation that is frequent among patient with unexplained pulmonary htn, formally termed idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension. Current research is focused on identifying potential target of therapy that involve the genes related to familial pulmonary htn. ...Read more

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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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


Dr. Eric Weisman
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Respiratory (Definition)

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