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Health & Nutrition - - CONTENTS - Dr Ajit R Menon, In­ter­ven­tional Car­di­ol­o­gist

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.

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