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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
PH or a chest cold
I was told that on an echo that I have mild to moderate PH. I am waiting to see a cardiologist about further tests. I didn`t have no signs of this. I also have high blood pressure. The last week every time I do any thing like my daily walk I get chest pains, tightness in my chest, feels like someone is sitting on my chest, and I breath heavy faster then normal. When I go for my walk I am breathing heavier almost right away where before I would not breath heavy at all. I am also lightheaded and very tired. I don`t have a cough. I also have high blood pressure, anemia and rheumatiod arthritis. Which I am blaming some of my problems now to my RA. There is also a chest cold going around at work. Due to the medications for my RA I can get sick easly. How can I tell the difference if this is a chest cold or my PH has gotten worse?
With a chest cold you may experience cough, increased shortness of breath, chest tightness; the symptoms with PH are similar, too. The best thing is to see you doctor and discuss it with him or her.
Namita Sood, MD, FCCP
Associate Professor of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University