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Difference between pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary atrial hypertension?

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Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Pah

They are the same, you mean pulmonary arterial hypertension.
It is high blood pressure in the lung circulation. It needs to be evaluated and treard.

In brief: Pah

They are the same, you mean pulmonary arterial hypertension.
It is high blood pressure in the lung circulation. It needs to be evaluated and treard.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
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Dr. Donald Elton
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
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In brief: PH vs PAH

PH (pulmonary hypertension) just indicates that the pulmonary artery pressure is increased which could be from any of several causes while pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) means the pulmonary artery pressure is high due to disease in the pulmonary arteries.
PAH is a subset of PH but most cases of PH are are result of problems with the left heart and thus don't respond well to PAH medications

In brief: PH vs PAH

PH (pulmonary hypertension) just indicates that the pulmonary artery pressure is increased which could be from any of several causes while pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) means the pulmonary artery pressure is high due to disease in the pulmonary arteries.
PAH is a subset of PH but most cases of PH are are result of problems with the left heart and thus don't respond well to PAH medications
Dr. Donald Elton
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Dr. Jesus Yap
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: More specific

Pulmonary hypertension is the General Term to describe hypertension in the pulmonary circulation.
Pulmonary arterial hypertension describe the site of the hypertension which is in the arterioles or pre capillary. In contrast pulmonary venous hypertension is post capillary in the pulmonary veins.The latter is commonly due to left heart failure and the former is Idiopathic or unknown cause.

In brief: More specific

Pulmonary hypertension is the General Term to describe hypertension in the pulmonary circulation.
Pulmonary arterial hypertension describe the site of the hypertension which is in the arterioles or pre capillary. In contrast pulmonary venous hypertension is post capillary in the pulmonary veins.The latter is commonly due to left heart failure and the former is Idiopathic or unknown cause.
Dr. Jesus Yap
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Dr. John Szawaluk
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Same

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In brief: Same

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Dr. Donald Elton
pulmonary hypertension (PH) means the pulmonary artery pressures are high but could be a result of either pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) (increased resistance in the lung arteries) or from left heart disease. Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension is a subset of Pulmonary Hypertension. Most pulmonary hypertension (PH) is not pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).
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