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#1 summer

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 06:17 PM

Does anyone know whether you can have normal blood pressure and still have PH?.
Thanking everyone in advance
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Posted 13 July 2007 - 06:50 PM

Hi honey,
Yes you can have normal blood pressure and have PH. It's two different things.
I hope you are doing well.
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Posted 13 July 2007 - 06:58 PM

Hi Celia,
I'm not sure. I always had normal BP, but was always SOB. A month ago I was diagnosed with mild/exercise induced PH. But now my BP is up. So I don't know what to make of it.

I just read about the differences between the systemic and pulmonary circulation systems on an American Heart Association page. The moderators are checking out the link to add, but it explains that the left ventricle pumps blood from the lungs to the rest of the body and this is what is measured in systemic blood pressure. The right ventricle pumps the returning blood to the lungs for oxygenation. This circulation is measured for pulmonary pressure.

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 03:40 AM

Absolutely! They are two separate problems.

Hope you don't have either!
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Posted 14 July 2007 - 05:58 AM

Celia,

In short, systemic pressure (measured with the cuff) is the pressure of the oxygenated blood leaving the heart and going to the rest of the body. This pressure is created by systemic circulation (an accumulation of many arteries throughout the body)

PA pressure is the pressure created by the arteries of the lung when the heart pumps low-oxygenated blood into the lungs.

I have low systemic pressure (approx 90/60) and I use to have high PA pressure (45), but now it's down to 25 - 30. I've been on Bosentan for about 9 months.

BTW - thanks Peanut! This link is now on our Pulmonary Hypertension page.

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 10:19 AM

Janey,
No problem. I'm learning about PH too and it makes me more than happy to share what I find with everyone.

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Posted 15 July 2007 - 04:11 PM

I get to see my pulmonary hypertension Dr. this week. I don't have it as far as I know...just an echo and an actual appointment with the Dr. I need to gather my list of questions. Anything ya'll can think of to ask, let me know. I don't want to leave anything out as this Dr. is hard to get into let alone call and talk to.
Thanks,
Jennifer