Diagnosing Pulmonary Hypertension

NOVEMBER 09, 2016
Adam Hochron

Unlike other conditions, pulmonary hypertension has symptoms that can be hard to identify in order to give the patients the right diagnosis. Misdiagnosis can not only worsen the symptoms, but also make treatment that much harder in the long run.

With "non-specific" conditions, patients can experience exercise intolerance and are often connected to other issues like anxiety, according to Stephen Y. Chan, MD, PhD, from UPMC. Proper diagnosis can include looking for potential secondary conditions and right heart catheterization which requires specialized labs.

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