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Pulmonary Hypertension

I am extremely confused

05/24/2006

Question:

I had a cath which was 30/17-at which point my cardiologist said I did Not have pulmonary hpertension.

Yet in this year i have had several bouts of bronchitis,and I smoke.

Now my cardiologist is telling me i have secondary pulmonary hypertension from smoking......and he told me the values are reversable,if i stop smoking-yet I have not read that anywhere

I also had a recent echo that came out fine.

Can values change -and secondary pulmonary hypertension reverse-from non smoking and less bronchitis bouts?

Is my cardiologist correct-or all the literature I read correct? I argued with my doctor about what I read he says I am wrong -he states that values can reverse to normal???

I do not know what to think

Thank You

Answer:

Your pressures are mildly elevated from the absolute normal but still fall within the normal range. Smoking-related lung diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis can lead to increased pulmonary artery pressures. The pressures may also increase transiently if one has acute bronchitis or pneumonia.

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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