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Recently, I was told that I have pulmonary hypertension. What is it and what can I expect in terms of testing and treatment? Roshan Desai, New Mumbai
Pulmonary hypertension is an increase of the pressure in the right side of the heart and the right side of the circulation into the lungs. There can be various causes for pulmonary hypertension. You need to undergo a full evaluation to estimate the reason for the same, because the treatment depends upon the primary etiology for the pulmonary hypertension. Many people are found to have mild pulmonary hypertension which is of no clinical consequence and only require regular follow ups.