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Saturday, December 7, 2013
Do I have pulmonary hypertension?
I was cathed on 2003 and my PA was 30/17,my cardiologist said i had no pulmonary hypertension..... But i have recently had two bouts of bronchitis back to back and i have asthma,and I have been tired and my hands are swollen..he said that after bronchitis or asthma people have mild pulmonary hypertension that goes away???????? Am i crazy do i have this or not?
The PA pressures are within the normal range. Pulmonary artery pressures may increase during an acute respiratory illness. Also, the swelling in the hands can be due to many different reasons. When your cardiologist did the the cath he must have also measured the cardiac output, etc. We take all these numbers into account before deciding how to proceed.
Namita Sood, MD, FCCP
Associate Professor of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University