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What does it mean if an echo shows you have a mildly dilated right ventricle & mild pulmonary hypertension?

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Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
Pulmonary HTN: Normally the right side of the heart is a low pressure system(only needs to pump blood to the lungs for oxygenation). For many different reasons, sometimes this low pressure system increases in pressure. This can create shortness of breath and low oxygen levels. If someone is asymptomatic with pulmonary hypertension, they should be followed especially if there is no known cause.
Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
RVE: Right ventricular enlargement or rve typically occurs when the right side of the heart is stressed by the need to generate either increased blood flow or pressure. If you have both rve and pulmonary hypertension (ph), then you need to speak with your physician about the most appropriate tests to determine the cause and what treatment options are available.

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