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Could an echocardiogram detect pulmonary disease/pulmonary hypertension?

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Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
Pulmonary HTN: Echo can detect pulmonary hypertension, but no signs of it on echo does not necessarily rule it out. Right heart catheterization is the most accurate way to diagnose it. There are recent studies suggesting the inaccuracy of echocardiograms on diagnosing pulmonary htn.
Answered on Mar 30, 2016
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