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Hi David,
I'm a 35 y.o female recently diagnosed with pressure in my left lung slightly higher after an echo. My cardiologist did not give me an exact number, only that I should not be worried cause the numbers were mild to moderate. What does this mean? I'm highly concerned and stressed out because of this. I feel good, I'm not short of breath unless I'm actually running, after 10 min I do feel I need to catch a break. I do experience occasional palpitations and skipped beats, which was the core reason for my echo/stress test. I'm a nervous wreck, I don't want to just collapse and my doc is telling me not to worry.

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Sherlly

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Hello Sherlly,

Mild to moderate pulmonary hypertension will never harm you.  Get another echo in a year to be sure it's the same or better.  Often goes away.  Skipped beats are normal heart activity, no threat to life or health.  You won't collapse.

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David Richardson

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David Richardson

Expertise

Adult heart function and disease. Not very good about children lesss than 12. Hypertension is o.k. Heart rhythm a special interest.

Experience

Certified in cardiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Was chairman of division of cardiology at the Medical College of Virginia. Am now mostly retired.

Organizations
Fellow of American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology and member of American Physiological Society..

Publications
Circulation, American Heart Journal, Hypertension.

Education/Credentials
M.D. from Harvard Medical School. Residency training at Yale Uhniversity School of Medicine and Medical College of Virginia.

Awards and Honors
Gold Heartt Award from American Heart Association in 1995.

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