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Glossary for Idiopathic pulmonary hypertension

  • Blood pressure conditions: Medical disorders of the blood pressure, including high and low blood pressure.
  • Circulatory system conditions: Medical conditions affecting the heart and the circulatory system.
  • Cough: The noise produced from the sudden expulsion of air from the lungs
  • Cyanosis: Blueness or purple coloring of skin.
  • Dursun Syndrome: A rare syndrome characterized mainly by the association of heart anomalies, pulmonary hypertension and leukopenia (reduced number of white blood cells).
  • Heart conditions: Any condition that affects the heart
  • Heart failure: Slow failure of the heart (cardiac insufficiency).
  • Polycythemia: Excess red blood cells in the blood
  • Primary pulmonary hypertension: Primary pulmonary hypertension refers to high blood pressure in the arteries that carry blood to the lungs for no apparent reason. Blood pressure in other parts of the body is normal or sometimes even low.
  • Pulmonary hypertension: Pulmonary hypertension refers to high blood pressure in the blood vessels that carry blood to the lungs. Blood pressure in other parts of the body is normal or sometimes even low. The condition may be caused by such things as lung conditions (e.g. emphysema, chronic bronchitis), heart conditions (e.g. congestive heart failure, birth defects involving heart), AIDS or medications such as fenfluramine (a diet drug). Sometimes it occurs for no apparent reason and is called primary pulmonary hypertension.
  • Respiratory conditions: Any condition that affects the respiratory system

 

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