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A 19-year-old female asked:

does pulmonary hypertension necessarily worsen if there is valves regurgitation?(mitral, tricuspid or pulmonary) because that's what i have..

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Very serious: This diagnosis especially at your age is of such grave importance that I warn you against taking advice from anyone else until you have reviewed it fully with both your primary care physician and the specialist who made / confirmed the diagnosis.

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