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    Pulmonary Hypertension
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    jujulang posted:
    I am a 55 yrs old female with mild pulmonary hypertension. I believe the number is 37. It has been about the same since 2006. The last echo I had was in 2009 and the number has changed slightly. I also have lower back issues and leg pain which is being diagnosed now. It doesn't appear that I have PAD, pulses are good in the ankles, carotids are good, etc. The echo tech said that that the heart looks good, valves look good, ejection fraction is good, just the hypertension.
    I am a former smoker, quit 7 years ago.
    Should I be worried?
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    Justhealthier responded:
    Hi Pulmonary Hypertension is not the same as hypertension.

    Pulmonary Hypertension is high blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries. Hypertension is high blood pressure via the arm.

    I have PH (pulmonary hypertension), here is a good site to go to so you can learn more about it. Also if you were told you have PH you will need to see a special pulmonary Dr. who deals with PH. On the site there is a place where you can "find a doctor" in your location.

    http://www.phassociation.org/

    WebMD also has info on Pulmonary Hypertension.

    The Gold Standard test for PH is a right heart catherization (sp) to see what the artery pressure is - we are told that the echo only gives an estimate of what is going on with the pulmonary arteries. My echo showed 48, my cardiologist will be doing another right heart cath after my next visit on the 16th.
     
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    cardiostarusa1 responded:
    Hi:

    "I am a former smoker, quit 7 years ago."

    Kudos for qutting the cigs.

    "I believe the number is 37. It has been about the same since 2006. The last echo I had was in 2009 and the number has changed slightly."

    "Should I be worried?"

    Here is where the worry lies -

    Pulmonary hypertension can lead to a number of complications, including:


    Right-sided heart failure (cor pulmonale),


    Blood clots.

    Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeats).

    Bleeding into the lungs and coughing up blood (hemoptysis). This is another potentially fatal complication.

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pulmonary-hypertension/DS00430/DSECTION=complications



    Best of luck down the road of life.

    Take care,

    CardioStar*

    WebMD member (since 8/99)

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