Pulmonary hypertension?

  1. If anyone could share some info. I have a background in cardiac but its been over 17 years. My mom was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. She has one stent only. I have read when you have the symptons ie SOB on activity, tires easily the condition is pretty far along. I know she has been put on a couple of medicines for this and was previously on blood pressure medicine and a diuretic. She is 70 any info would be helpful.
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  3. by   SEOBowhntr
    Pulmonary Hypertension is usually a result of an assortment of things, including smoking, asthma, COPD, sleep apnea, and Left Sided Heart failure, to name a few. The big problem with pulmonary hypertension is that as you continue to have increased pressure in your lungs, you have an increased risk of pulmonary edema. As the pulmonary hypertension increases, the muscle mass of the right ventricle increases, which is generally not a positive thing, because increase muscle mass = decreased capacity which = decreased cardiac output, whether it is in the left or the right side of the heart, and the increased muscle mass also means the heart requires more O2 and nutrients. Pulmonary Hypertension is more often related to uncontrolled hypertension(systemic) and Lung problems, than to Coronary Disease.
  4. by   Groovydogg
    did you get answers??? I know this is a late response but if you have any questions email me directly. PH is not a disease that can be ignored. I have worked in this field exclusivly for the last 9 years.
  5. by   Indus
    This is for Groovydogg: I have some questions about pulmonary hypertension, more on a personal note. If you get this, please let me know how to email you!


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