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I want to know what is the difference between arterial hypertention and pulmonary hypertension?
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David Miller
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
David Miller
David Miller
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Dr. Mouhammed Rihawi
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Different
Big difference , HTN is a problem of systemic circulation and the left side of the heart , pulmonary HTN is right side of the heart , it can be a dangerous problem , need extensive work up.

In brief: Different
Big difference , HTN is a problem of systemic circulation and the left side of the heart , pulmonary HTN is right side of the heart , it can be a dangerous problem , need extensive work up.
Dr. Mouhammed Rihawi
Dr. Mouhammed Rihawi
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Very different
Arterial HTN can be due to many factors.
..Rigidity of artery walls, stress or stress hormones, tumors, excess fluid. This is the force generated -and pumped against- by the left side of heart. Pulm HTN is the equivalent for the right side. Causes are left heart failure, low oxygen or sleep apnea, structural heart defects or unknown. Treatments differ for both. Both are serious and need treatment.

In brief: Very different
Arterial HTN can be due to many factors.
..Rigidity of artery walls, stress or stress hormones, tumors, excess fluid. This is the force generated -and pumped against- by the left side of heart. Pulm HTN is the equivalent for the right side. Causes are left heart failure, low oxygen or sleep apnea, structural heart defects or unknown. Treatments differ for both. Both are serious and need treatment.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
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