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My daughter has pulmonary hypertension?

She is on viagra and tracleer. How does it work for you or your kids? Does It help you breath better?
Viagra is use mostly in babies, to lower the blood pressure in the lungs. It is a new discovery and not sure of the long term side affects but It seams that boesentan works more but they just started her on it.

Well, how are they acting in her? Any side effects? isnt it weird that they would perscribie viagra...but i have heard good things about tracleer. i think i have been on it and it was pretty good.  (+ info)

are pulmonary hypertension and just hypertension two different things?

Hypertension is high blood pressure. Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of arteries as it flows through them. Arteries are the blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood from the heart to the body's tissues. Hypertension is a major health problem, especially because it has no symptoms. Many people have hypertension without knowing it. The American Heart Association considers blood pressure less than 140 over 90 normal for adults.
Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a progressive disorder characterized by abnormally high blood pressure (hypertension) in the pulmonary artery, the blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the lungs. Hypertension occurs when most of the very small arteries throughout the lungs narrow in diameter, which increases the resistance to blood flow through the lungs. To overcome the increased resistance, pressure increases in the pulmonary artery and in the heart chamber that pumps blood into the pulmonary artery (the right ventricle).

Signs and symptoms of pulmonary arterial hypertension occur when increased pressure cannot fully overcome the elevated resistance and blood flow to the body is insufficient. Shortness of breath (dyspnea) during exertion and fainting spells are the most common symptoms of pulmonary arterial hypertension. People with this disorder may experience additional symptoms, particularly as the condition worsens. Other symptoms include dizziness, swelling (edema) of the ankles or legs, chest pain, and a racing pulse.  (+ info)

My question is about pulmonary arterial hypertension. Is it possible to have severe PAH with exercise,?

but have a normal reading at rest or with minimal exercise? My condition is baffling my MD. Information on this would be quite helpful. Thank you for your help!
P.S. My pressure during the cardiac cath a rest was 28, but during exercise on the treadmill test was 79. I'm ok at rest, but have severe SOB w/any exertion. Any thoughts?

Pulmonary hypertension is a serious condition if not paid attention and left UN treated !It may be by birth which is generally goes without any notice and secondary because of the disease of lungs and or heart ! The narrowing of the pulmonary artery will lead to this and in result there will be more congestion in the lungs and more berdon on the right side of the heart to pump out the blood towards the lungs for purification oxygenation!It will lead to pulmonary congestion and may be embolism and atelectesis and may lead to heart failure ! Diuretics and other drugs is a must for to control it and to be taken life long ! Normal exercise like walking and fast walking but any thing more than this is not advisable as it will increase this PAT and will give rise to breathless ness so no exercises OK!Normal routine life is fine ! Take care !Always YouRsmE  (+ info)

Are there any drugs for pulmonary hypertension?

http://circ.ahajournals.org/cgi/content/full/106/24/e192  (+ info)

Would intraveneous fluid overload cause pulmonary hypertension ?

I would think that it could. It would be secondary pulmonary hypertension. Fluid overload would lead to increased pressure, increasing the pulmonary vascular resistance to blood flow (ie pulmonary hypertension).  (+ info)

would an echocardiogram detect pulmonary disease/pulmonary hypertension?


Pulmonary disease-no. Pulmonary hypertension-yes. The pulmonary artery pressure is calculated during an Echo. The formula is 4X (V)2 of the regurgitation flow from the tricuspid valve PLUS the estimated right atrial pressure.  (+ info)

Is pulmonary hypertension terminal?

I know that it's serious and that you can die from it, but is it actually terminal? Does everyone eventually die from it, after maybe around 15 years, even with treatment?
Also, is it always progressive? Like..could it ever just stay mild?
So...you will just probably die from it? Which would mean that it's not 100% terminal, right? Thanks! That's good news! I guess.

Yes it can be fatal. The are different types and causes of pulmonary hypertension. Each of these has different outcomes. Primary pulmonary hypertension is of unclear cause and is usually a progressive, fatal disease. Pulmonary hypertension can be secondary to another disease process. These include other heart diseases, such as a leaky heart valve, lung disease, and some autoimmune diseases such as Scleroderma. In these cases, the outcome is also dependent on the outcome of the underlying disease. These diseases tend to be severe when pulmonary hypertension does occur and therefore many of these patients will have progressive disease with potential death. It is possible that someone could have pulmonary hypertension that is mild and may never progress or die from it. There are some treatments out there for pulmonary hypertension, but unfortunately even with treatment the disease is progressive with eventual death.  (+ info)

how to treat a patient with pulmonary hypertension but have systemic hypotension?

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.(Merck)
There is no known cure. The goal of treatment is to control symptoms.
Medicines used to treat pulmonary hypertension include:
* Calcium channel blockers
* Diuretics
* Prostacyclin
* Bosentan
Your doctor will decide which medicine is best for you.
Persons with advanced cases of pulmonary hypertension may need oxygen. If treatment with medications fails, suitable candidates may be helped by lung or heart-lung transplant. (MedlinePlus).  (+ info)

Can you have Pulmonary hypertension, short of breath but still get 100% oxygen sat level?

Yes you can! Chronic, very end-stage pulmonary hypertension can result in lowering of oxygen sats. In the early and moderate stages, the effects are found more in the efficiency of the right side of the heart which has to pump against the increased pressure. Only if the person also has parenchymal or airway lung disease or pulmonary hypertension that has severely effected the heart will oxygen saturation drop.
The symptom of shortness of breath in pulm hypertension is due to inefficiency of the heart, no a problem with the lungs.  (+ info)

What is pulmonary hypertension ?

I keep hearing this on tv and im wondering what it is

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