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Pulmonary Hypertension

Ankle and Lower Leg Edema in PH

10/05/2009

Question:

I have mild PH (45 years old). The last several days I have had progressing lower leg and ankle edema. It is pitting in my legs. Can PH cause swelling like this? I have shortness of breath. I am scheduled to see my pulmonologist in a few days. Thanks so much.

Answer:

Yes, the common symptoms of Pulmonary Hypertension are shortness of breath with activity, fatigue, chest tightness, and light-headedness with activity. Many patients experience ankle or abdominal swelling.

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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