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Pulmonary Hypertension

What is RVSP on an Echocardiogram?

03/25/2011

Question:

my mother has pulmonary fibroysis and pulmonary hypertension can you tell me if an rvsp of 72 is really serious

Answer:

Patients with lung fibrosis can frequently develop pulmonary hypertension.   The sure way of telling if the pressures are high in the lungs is to measure them during a cardiac catheterization. Unfortunately, there is no proven treatment for the pulmonary hypertension that occurs with lung fibrosis.   The RVSP of 72 does suggest high pressures in the lung (pulmonary hypertension).  She should discuss this with her doctor.  Make sure she is on an adequate amount of oxygen and her blood pressure is controlled etc.

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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