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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Pulmonary Hypertension at age 48
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.
The pulmonary hypertension is likely from the PDA and will need to be treated.
Namita Sood, MD, FCCP
Associate Professor of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University