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Sunday, May 19, 2013
RE: mild to moderate PH
Mine was found out during an ECHO. I am a 34 year old women.
Previous Question: I just found out the I have mild to moderate Pulmonary Hypertension. I have high blood pressure for years that they said was caused my taking Prednisone for my rheumatoid arthritis.
Can I develep. pulmonary hypertension from my rheumatoid arthritis or from the medications used to treat it?
Answer: It is rare to get pulmonary hypertension with rheumatoid arthritis. How was the diagnosis of mild to moderate pulmonary hypertension made - by echo or by cardiac catheterization?
Echo can suggest mild to moderate pulmonary hypertension in people who have high blood pressure. A right heart catheterization is needed to confirm that the pressures are truly high. None of the medications used to treat rheumatoid arthritis have been shown to cause pulmonary hypertension.
Namita Sood, MD, FCCP
Associate Professor of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University