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Pulmonary Hypertension

Lung disease and tricuspid valve regurg.

02/27/2007

Question:

My mother`s doctor said she had a tricuspid leak and this was due to her COPD and her being SOB was related to all of this. What is the relationship between the tricuspid leak and COPD? or is it the relationship between the leak and her SOB? Thank you. Susan

Answer:

Tricuspid leak is what we look at to diagnose pulmonary hypertension by echocardiogram. Many patients with COPD may have mild pulmonary hypertension. A small number of patients with COPD can develop severe pulmonary hypertension which leads to worsening shortness of breath. Whether the pulmonary hypertension is significant and needs to be treated will depend on a more detailed evaluation of her COPD and pulmonary hypertension.

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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