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What's the difference between hypertension and pulmonary hypertension?

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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Different location

When hypertension is used, it is referring to elevated blood pressure in the systemic blood vessels.
Pulmonary hypertension is increased blood pressure in the pulmonary (lung) blood vessels. Hope this helps!

In brief: Different location

When hypertension is used, it is referring to elevated blood pressure in the systemic blood vessels.
Pulmonary hypertension is increased blood pressure in the pulmonary (lung) blood vessels. Hope this helps!
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
hypertension can be easily measured with a blood pressure cuff. Pulmonary hypertension can be checked with ultrasound or sonography.
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
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In brief: PH or HTN

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. The diagnosis requires heart catheterization. Systemic hypertension (HTN) is high blood pressure in the rest of your circulation and is diagnosed with a blood pressure cuff by the doctor.

In brief: PH or HTN

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. The diagnosis requires heart catheterization. Systemic hypertension (HTN) is high blood pressure in the rest of your circulation and is diagnosed with a blood pressure cuff by the doctor.
Dr. Charles Burger
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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine

In brief: See below

Hypertension loosly refers to high blood pressure of any cause, but usually the routine high blood pressure in all arteries in the body.
Pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure in the pulmonary artery, vein or capillaries and can be caused by disease in the lung, sleep apnea, blood clots in the lung, or direct disease of the arteries themselves (primary pulmonary hypertension).

In brief: See below

Hypertension loosly refers to high blood pressure of any cause, but usually the routine high blood pressure in all arteries in the body.
Pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure in the pulmonary artery, vein or capillaries and can be caused by disease in the lung, sleep apnea, blood clots in the lung, or direct disease of the arteries themselves (primary pulmonary hypertension).
Dr. Michael Klein
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