My Pulmonologist thinks I have Pulmonary Hypertension. Have others here been diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension due to COPD? I wasn't familiar with this condition until I looked up why my doctor was giving me these tests. My pulmonolgist doesn't tell me anything so I have to research things myself. I had an appointment with him the other day and I asked him if he thinks I have Pulmonary Hypertension and his eyes lit up and he said: "How did you know about that"? I said: "I read a lot". and… read more
Pulmonary hypertension secondary to COPD is usually the result of prolonged low O2 saturation, which is one good reason to use the supplementary O2 when it's prescribed. There are meds, and I have friends who have lived for much longer than two years post diagnosis. Those numbers are always averages, and remember they include the people who died the day they were diagnosed as well as those who lived for 20 years with the condition. It is important to get it diagnosed and treated. The right heart catheter isn't anything to be scared of. It's is the definitive test to diagnose PH, so you need to have it done.
I got a diagnosis 6 years ago and I'm still here. I have had left and right heart cath procedures, and aside from percent blockage and PH numbers, all I could get out of the doc was "mild to moderate pulmonary hypertension". So I look forward to other answers.
of course do what doc says I just had that experience with time after test don't take it to the bank meant don't take it as advice was my experience sorry if I didn't get that across
I’ve had a heart cath before. Don’t panic it is not really that bad. If you have a choice go for the wrist. The hardest part is having to lie flat after rest for an hour.
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