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Is Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension linked to my already diagnosed High Blood Pressure?


I was already diagnosed with HBP and now after going to the doctor a few days ago, I was told that I have Pulmonary Artery Hypertension. I was just wondering if the PAH was a result of the initial HBP I already had. Thx.
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You don't give your age,the remainder of your medical history,your medication history,ethnic origin.occupational history nor smoking history,any of which might be linked to your PAH.

It is not linked to hypertension,in fact most is of unknown aetiology. It may be linked to COPD which is why I asked about smoking history. I assume that you have neither CHD,sickle cell anaemia or mitral valve disease as I am sure you would have mentioned them,all can lead to PAH.  (+ info)

what are the long term effects of pulmonary hypertension? health care providers only?


my mom has just been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. im a nurse and i have never heard of this disorder. ive been looking for it in my nursing books and have found nothing. ive tried searching the internet and found some info about it. my question is...if gone untreated what could really happen.. and if treated will it eventually go away or will she always have it? also what is the lifespan of someone with pulmonary hypertension?
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Pulmonary Hypertension if left untreated will eventually lead to heart failure. It causes a back up of pressure back into the right side of the heart causing increased work for the heart eventually leading to hypertrophy of the heart muscle and ineffective contraction.

This article will help you
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/361242-overview  (+ info)

What's the difference between Arterial hypertention and Pulmonary hypertension?


I read up somewhere that hypertension in general means arterial hypertension.
then what does pulmonary arterial hypertension mean?
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HI! Really, pulmonary hypertension and arterial hypertension are the same. they just "upgraded" from PH to PAH to help docs distinguish from SPH and PPH and the like. SPH is secondary ph to someting like lupus, hole in the heart, etc. PPH is idiopathich or without known cause. mine is PPH and I've had it for going on 8 yrs or so. There are alot of places on the web to find great info and support for PAH. PHCentral.org and of course PHAssociation.org. are the two biggies.

take care!
flippy ^i^  (+ info)

1 echo showed pulmonary hypertension another did not, could my son still have pulmonary hypertension?


Son had heat exhaustion/heat stroke last year at football. This year passed out with minimal exertion. First echo shortly after showed pulmonary hypertension few weeks later showed normal. Should I still be concerned?
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I'd ask for another echo and a second opinion. They need to give a diagnosis so you know how to proceed. They can't just say he may or may not have pulmonary hypertension. I'd be concerned until I knew for sure he was in the clear.  (+ info)

If you have pulmonary hypertension secondary to sleep apnea, how long since you were diagnosed?


I have a co worker who is the same age with the same diagnosis. We were diagnosed in the same year, so we assume we have had the disease for about the same amount of time. We both have the C-Pap. He is not on oxygen during the day. I am on oxygen therapy 24/7.

He has been a smoker. He had pneumonia last year , and it seems his disease has begun progressing much more rapidly than mine. He has been hospitalized, and needed a respirator twice in the last six months.

Is this a usual sequence for this condition?
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i have c.o.p.d., and sleep apnea. i use albuterol inhaler with a machine when i'm short winded. i also use advair inhaler every morning and can use it at night if needed.i have a cpap for sleep apnea. every one is different. i do not smoke. i quit several years ago. i never was a big smoker, a pack every two days. try not to be exposed to any tobacco smoke. this can get worse and your problems will progress faster,this seems to be close to the usual sequence of these respiratory problems. i hope you feel so much better. god bless you . take care., susie  (+ info)

has anyone taken a medication called Adcirca for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension?


i was prescribed Adcirca by my doctor for pulmonary arterial hypertens..before taking this medication, i want to know more about it. the side effects listed seemed a bit dangereous. if you have taken or know anything about this medication..please let me know!
thanks in advance.
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Tadalafil is a PDE5 inhibitor, currently marketed in pill form for treating erectile dysfunction (ED) under the name Cialis; it has recently been approved for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension, and has been used for other conditions.  (+ info)

Does anyone have a child with Primary Pulmonary Hypertension?


My 5 year old has been diagnosed with Primary Pulmonary Hypertension, he has two heart ops at 15 days and again at 15 months, but this is not related.

He also has high functioning autism.

He is currently on home oxygen and on diretics and bosentan... which we have to syringe into his mouth each day ..and often spits it out and he just doesn't understand the severity of what he has .

i am struggling with this and just want to chat with people in the same situation.

thanks in advance.

xxx
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teen health source help u  (+ info)

My doctor says I have borderline pulmonary hypertension. What can I do to avoid getting it?


I've been having chest heaviness and pains for several years now that have progressively gotten worse with each passing year. I never understood what it could be and all tests of my heart came back normal. Yet I have still had these strange and often painful feelings in my chest. Is it even possible to avoid getting this disease if I'm already having the symptoms that I have?
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Pulmonary hypertension is increased pressure in the pulmonary circulation. It has many secondary causes; when the cause is unknown it is called primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH). In PPH, pulmonary vessels become constricted, hypertrophied, and fibrosed. Pulmonary hypertension leads to right ventricular overload and failure. Symptoms are fatigue, exertional dyspnea, and, occasionally, chest discomfort and syncope. Diagnosis is by measuring pulmonary artery pressure. Treatment is with vasodilators and, in selected advanced cases, lung transplantation. Prognosis is poor overall if a treatable secondary cause is not found.
Self-care
Although medical treatment can't cure pulmonary hypertension, it can lessen symptoms. You can also help improve the quality of your life by following these health measures:
* Get plenty of rest. Getting ample rest can help combat the fatigue that may accompany pulmonary hypertension.
* Follow a nutritious diet and maintain a healthy weight. Emphasize lean chicken, fish, whole grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables. For the health of your heart, limit your intake of all types of fats to no more than 30 percent of your daily calories. Limit animal (saturated) and trans fats (hydrogenated oils) to 10 percent or less.
* Don't smoke. If you smoke, the single most important thing you can do for your heart and lung health is to stop. If you can't stop smoking by yourself, ask your doctor to prescribe a treatment plan to help you quit. Researchers don't yet know whether secondhand smoke — also known as passive or environmental smoke — plays a role in pulmonary hypertension. It is known, however, that exposure to environmental smoke can lead to a number of other health problems, including lung cancer and heart attack.
* Stay as active as possible. Even the mildest forms of activity may be too exhausting for some people with pulmonary hypertension. For others, moderate exercise such as walking may be of great benefit, and using oxygen during exercise may be especially helpful. Your doctor can help you plan an appropriate exercise program.
* Avoid becoming pregnant or using birth control pills. If you're a woman of childbearing age, avoid becoming pregnant. Pregnancy can be life-threatening for both you and your baby. Also avoid using birth control pills, which can increase your risk of blood clots. Talk to your doctor about alternative forms of birth control.
* Avoid traveling to or living at high altitudes. High altitudes can aggravate the symptoms of pulmonary hypertension. If you live at a high altitude, your doctor may advise you to move to a lower elevation.
* Find ways to reduce stress. These can range from yoga, meditation and biofeedback to warm baths, music or a good book. Try to allow at least 30 minutes a day for an activity you find relaxing. Many people with pulmonary hypertension find that simply reducing stress can greatly improve the quality of their lives.
Please see the web pages for more details on Pulmonary hypertension.  (+ info)

Pulmonary hypertension anyone moved to lower elevation with good results?


Live in colorado about 6000 feet moving to calif about 2000.feet will this help to breath easier?
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Pulmonary hypertension is increased pressure in the pulmonary circulation. It has many secondary causes; when the cause is unknown it is called primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH). In PPH, pulmonary vessels become constricted, hypertrophied, and fibrosed. Pulmonary hypertension leads to right ventricular overload and failure. Symptoms are fatigue, exertional dyspnea, and, occasionally, chest discomfort and syncope. Diagnosis is by measuring pulmonary artery pressure. Treatment is with vasodilators and, in selected advanced cases, lung transplantation. Prognosis is poor overall if a treatable secondary cause is not found.  (+ info)

I would like to know if a terrible desease called Pulmonary Hypertension could be solved soon?


First at all, I apoligize for my mistakes in English. I have a sister who suffers a terrible deseade called Pulmonary Hypertension and I would like to know if could be possible to solve her bad health situation soon? She´s been treated with some pills: bosentan, sildenafil, etc....but unfortunately there is no a easy solution and we can´t wait much more... She needs news pills or mother cells or something like that to cure her emphisea and to down her pulmonary hypertension, so I request information using yahoo answer and I hope some doctor tell me something about this desease and most important: any kind of solution. Thanks in advanced, any information about could be appreciated. From Spain my best wishes to all.
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First of all, the responder above me is correct only in the case of secondary PAH. In the case of Primary PAH, there is no underlying cause that can be treated to relieve the condition.

I have secondary pulmonary hypertension. The condition that cause mine is called sarcoidosis. I also take silfenadil and am on oxygen therapy. My sarcoidosis is in remission right now, but that won't change the fact that I will always have PAH.

What I have been told is that the only "cure" for this is a heart/lung transplant. The transplants are done together because PAH causes heart failure, for one, and the transplants are more successful when done together.

For more information, please check out the links below. Good luck to you and your sister.  (+ info)

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