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    Old 11-13-2008, 10:35 PM   #1
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    Pulmonary hypertension

    I did not know until recently that there is a type of high blood pressure associated with the lungs, and it has me frightened because I do display quite a few of the symptoms (the biggest one being shortness of breath while at rest as well as during and after physical exertion), but none of the risk factors apply to me besides being a young female. Unless, of course, I have an undiagnosed heart problem.

    I'm probably just stressing over nothing like I usually do, but does anyone here have this condition? If so, does blood pressure read in the normal hypertension range, or is it different than >120/80 is normal, 120/80-139/90 is pre-hypertension and <140/90 is hypertension?

    I know I need to see a doctor, especially considering pulmonary hypertension can be fatal (not good to know when you already have anxiety issues ). I'm trying my very best to lower my BP as much as possible on my own by eating better.

    Can certain causes of pulmonary hypertension (like congenital heart failure or one-sided heart failure) occur without warning in a 20-something non-smoking, non-drinking, non-drug-using overweight female? I always thought heart failure was more likely to occur in older folks, or people who are severely overweight (I'm not morbidly obese - I'm 5' 7" and between 180 and 195 pounds because my weight wavers a lot).

     
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    Old 06-13-2010, 02:12 PM   #2
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    I have pulmonary hypertension and it has nothing to do with your reg. blogod pressur. Mine is due to have and enlarged heart and 3 valves that leak. You shoud see a pulmonary specialest , to see what yours is from so they can give you some advise. Good Luck

     
    Old 07-21-2010, 07:23 PM   #3
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    Hi, I am new here, but wanted to let you know that I recently was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. Actually, I just recently found out that I had this issue, as, my dr. just told me last week. I had a leaky mitral valve 3 years ago, (heart murmer) after a heart attack, which I think probably got everything going. All was going well for the first 2 years, then my dr. doubled my ramipril, for blood pressure, then this last visit he doubled my metoprol, for my arythmia (which incidentally, came back). However, I digress, I finally asked him this last visit why he had doubled my blood pressure medicine, as everytime, I get it done at the drugstore, it is even low sometimes, but my pulse rate is pretty much consistenly high. He told me the blood pressure pills were for the hypertension in my lungs, which totally surpised me . So, yes, you CAN have normal blood pressure in a normal reading but still have high blood pressure in the lungs. Incidentally, the shortness of breath when you lay down? I had that with my leaky mitral valve too, might want to check that out. The good news, is, even despite that , I still am able to work full time as a home support worker and continue with a fairly normal life, albiet with meds. but still a normal life. Life goes on........and you have to decide to be strong, it is a decision, a choice, and you can do it, even if the dr. says something life altering is happening with you. good luck faithe

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    Old 10-10-2010, 08:38 AM   #4
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    Re: Pulmonary hypertension

    Just wondering how everyone in this thread about PH is responding to treatment.

    DarkStranger, did you ever get a diagnosis? If so, how has your treatment turned out? I am about to follow up on a 2-year-old test indicating PH at the time, that my doctor never told me about. Needless to say, I'm worried. I'm right there with you as far as the anxiety thing !

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    Old 04-10-2011, 02:47 AM   #5
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    Re: Pulmonary hypertension

    I think I may have arythmia. Depends on my sitting position or lying down I feel that some fast pumping activity in my chest and it causes shortness of breath for a split second, I don't know where it's coming from, heart or lungs but it is certainly frustrating feeling like this. It wakes me up a few times during my sleep, I don't feel chest pain or heart pain so I am really puzzled about this feeling I am having. It feels like you have nerves pulses or twiches in your body this is how it feels in my chest. Is it due to stress or does it have to do with an irregular heat beat I am unaware of. It feel like a sac of air pumping several times a day. Now it's regular more than other times. I am worried about this. Anyone want to shed some light in this problem or is this another thread I should be checking in.

    Thanks Mandymia

     
    Old 04-12-2011, 04:11 PM   #6
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    Hi,

    I was curious as to what kind of test does your doctor have to do? I am getting a cardiac cauth on Friday to either confirm a diagnosis or not.

     
    Old 04-12-2011, 10:19 PM   #7
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for your answer to my thread. I had a full blood check of my thyroid sugar levels, cholestrol counts and B12. I did all these tests yesterday morning and I will get my results some time this week. They also done an ECG test and right at the time there were palpatations occuring which is good in a way so that know how often it occurs. They might put a monitor on for 24 hours to monitor how often these palpataions occur within that time frame.

     
    Old 04-13-2011, 09:48 PM   #8
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    Re: Pulmonary hypertension

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    Hi there,

    Thank you for your answer to my thread. I had a full blood check of my thyroid sugar levels, cholestrol counts and B12. I did all these tests yesterday morning and I will get my results some time this week. They also done an ECG test and right at the time there were palpatations occuring which is good in a way so that know how often it occurs. They might put a monitor on for 24 hours to monitor how often these palpataions occur within that time frame.

     
    Old 04-13-2011, 09:51 PM   #9
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    Re: Pulmonary hypertension

    Glad to know things are progressing in the right direction for you. What is most frustrating is how long it takes to finally get someone to listen and then get the results. I had my echo today and of course the Tech could not give me answers. I wish he could have so I could really be ready for whatever happens on Friday with the cauth.

    Take Care,

     
    Old 04-14-2011, 04:02 AM   #10
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    Re: Pulmonary hypertension

    My technician told me that I do have palpatations but couldn't tell me more than I should know. It's really something the doctor should discuss with you otherwise they would go against protocol. That's the way it is with the rules that apply to doctors and technicians. I hope that you get your answers pretty soon. Hope you get well. Keep me updated.

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    Old 04-14-2011, 04:00 PM   #11
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    See a good cardiologist ASAP...ask first if he/she specializes in pulmonary hypertension.

     
    Old 04-14-2011, 08:55 PM   #12
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    thank u i will get my results of my cardiogram and they would me to someone who specialises in this condition.

     
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