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Pulmonary Hypertension

Headaches

07/22/2008

Question:

Can this condition cause headaches, like really tight head is going to explode, type? Will it show with a regular blood pressure test during one of these headaches? Thank you.

Answer:

Pulmonary hypertension can be associated with headaches either directly or indirectly in association with another disease such as obstructive sleep apnea. I believe that you are referring to a systemic blood pressure measurement (often taken with a cuff on the arm). While this measurement may be elevated during a headache, this is not indicative of pulmonary hypertension. The blood pressure of the circulation is measured by cardiac catheterization or estimated with an echocardiogram.

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Response by:

Douglas W Haden, MD Douglas W Haden, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University