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Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary Hypertension at age 48

01/23/2006

Question:

I am a 48 year old female with a PDA. I was diagnosed, using an ECHO, with pulmonary hypertension. My systolic pressure is 44. I had an ECHO in 2000 and 2003 and the Dr. told me today, that my pressure was 28 both times. PH was never mentioned until today. I take Zebata (5 mg. per day)for an irregular heartbeat. My cardiologist doesn`t seem to think my PDA is the cause of the PH. What is my prognosis and should I get a second opinion. My cardiologist is consulting with a University of Michigan pediatric cardiologist and has scheduled me to come back in 6 weeks. My symptoms for the last 6 weeks are shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, cough.

Answer:

The pulmonary hypertension is likely from the PDA and will need to be treated.

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Response by:

Namita   Sood, MD, FCCP Namita Sood, MD, FCCP
Associate Professor of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University