Is pulmonary hypertension hereditary?

It may be inherited. Up to 5% of patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah) may have a genetic or heritable cause. Research studies have identified a genetic abnormality affecting bone morphogenetic protein receptor 2 (bmpr2) that appears to predispose a patient to pah. Fortunately, even if an individual inherits the abnormal gene, the likelihood of developing pah is only 1 in 5.
Sometimes. The new dana point classification of pulmonary HTN includes an hereditary class. For those pts specific genetic testing for chromosomal abnormalities is indicated.
Can be-usually not. Most patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah) are the only member of the family affected. Less that 10% will have an affected relative. However, genes have been identified that are associated with pah. Genetic testing can be done at some centers.
Sometimes. Pulmonary hypertension is not one disease, but several, and how inherited it is depends on the type of disease and the cause. There is a type called familial pulmonary hypertension which is, by definition, inherited. Other types of pulmonary hypertension are caused by other conditions such as heart disease or sleep apneas. Blood clots to the lungs can be inherited and can also cause pulm htn.

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Is pulmonary hypertension a hereditary condition?

Pulmonary HTN. Yes, there is a category of pulmonary hypertension that is familial. I have reviewed several case reports about this. It does not seem that be that common in every day practice. Read more...
Sometimes. It is felt that about 7-10% of patients with the idiopathic form of phtn( what we used to call primary pulmonary hypertension) have a genetic condition predisposing them to develop this disease. Read more...
It may be inherited. Up to 5% of patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah) may have a genetic or heritable cause. Research studies have identified a genetic abnormality affecting bone morphogenetic protein receptor 2 (bmpr2) that appears to predispose a patient to pah. Fortunately, even if an individual inherits the abnormal gene, the likelihood of developing pah is only 1 in 5. Read more...

Is pulmonary hypertension an inherited disease?

Sometimes. There are some forms of pulmonary HTN that are inherited and there are some conditions that lead to pul HTN that are inherited but there are also forms of pul HTN that are not inherited. Read more...
It may be inherited. Up to 5% of patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah) may have a genetic or heritable cause. Research studies have identified a genetic abnormality affecting bone morphogenetic protein receptor 2 (bmpr2) that appears to predispose a patient to pah. Fortunately, even if an individual inherits the abnormal gene, the likelihood of developing pah is only 1 in 5. Read more...

What's pulmonary hypertension?

High BP in the lung. The pressure in the blood vessels of the lung is increased in pulmonary htn. Causes can include heart disease, disease of the lung and primary disease of the blood vessel of the lung. The symptoms are mainly shortness of breath but can also include chest pain and dizziness. The disease can go unrecognized for some time before its diagnosed. Read more...
Pulmonary Hypertensi. High blood pressure in the lungs is called pulmonary hypertension (ph) or pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah). Pah is a chronic and life-changing disease that can lead to right heart failure if left untreated. Read more...

What is pulmonary hypertension?

See below. Normal pulmonary artery pressure (pap) in a person living at sea level has mean value of 12-16 mm of hg.Pulmonary hypertension is present when mean pa pressure is above25 mm of hg at rest or 30 mm of hg with exercise! Read more...
High BP in the lungs. High blood pressure (BP) in the lungs is called pulmonary hypertension (ph) or pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah). Pah is a chronic and life-changing disease that can lead to right heart failure if left untreated. Read more...

Is pulmonary hypertension hereditable?

Yes. If you have primary pulmonary hypertension there are several classes of drugs to treat it. Tracleer, (bosentan) revatio, letaris are some of the drugs that can be used in the right situation. Read more...
Yes and No. Not all forms of pulmonary hypertension are heritable. Pulmonary hypertension can develop due to severe chronic lung or heart disease, chronic thrombotic disorders, sickle cell disease & rare blood vessel disorders. Certain rare types of pulmonary hypertension associated with bmpr-2 mutations are heritable. Please consult a lung specialist for full diagnostic work up. Read more...
It may be inherited. Up to 5% of patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah) may have a genetic or heritable cause. Research studies have identified a genetic abnormality affecting bone morphogenetic protein receptor 2 (bmpr2) that appears to predispose a patient to pah. Fortunately, even if an individual inherits the abnormal gene, the likelihood of developing pah is only 1 in 5. Read more...
Usually not. Primary pulmonary hypertension usually strikes at random, without any clear familial tendency. Nobody understands why. Other pulmonary hypertension is secondary to some other lung disease. Best wishes. Read more...

What exactly is pulmonary hypertension?

High pressure. Pulmonary hypertension is a rise the pressure readings in the pulmonary vascular bed. It can be estimated using a study called a cardiac ultrasound/echocardiogram. Many patients then go on to a more definitive evaluation of the pressure with a procedure called a heart catheterization (direct measurement of the pressures). High pressure can cause fainting, chest pain and edema (swelling). Read more...
Lung vessel damage. Phtn is a generic name for high pressures in the blood vessels of the lung. Pah is narrowing of the pulmonary arteries which cause the right side of the heart to pump harder and increase the blood pressure, to allow blood to flow through the blood vessels of the lung. There are other forms of phtn, but pah is the must dangerous. Read more...
High BP in the lungs. High blood pressure (BP) in the lungs is called pulmonary hypertension (ph) or pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah). Pah is a chronic and life-changing disease that can lead to right heart failure if left untreated. Read more...

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...
Yes. There children are at risk of developing this disease. If you are concerned about a child having this disease, you should ask your pediatrician. The sooner this disease is identified the better it is for the patient. Read more...