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Thursday, December 5, 2013
How can I be sure I have PPT?
Prior to going to a new dentist, I asked my doctor about my mitral valve prolapse - which a doctor many years ago said I had. My current physician confirmed I did have a mild case of it and suggested I get an echocardiogram.
The results from the echo confirmed a mild form of pulmonary hypertension. I am a 49 year old female who eats healthy and exercises regularly, including running 12+ miles per week. I am currently training for my second half-marathon and this news has left me shocked. What are my next steps? Should I seek a second opinion? How do I confirm this early diagnosis?
You do not state why your doctor felt that you have mild pulmonary hypertension. Given your ability to maintain a rigorous exercise regimen without any symptoms, I doubt you have significant pulmonary hypertension.
However if there is still concern you repeat an echo looking at the right side of the heart in detail.
Namita Sood, MD, FCCP
Associate Professor of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University