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I went for an ECHO back in July, the finds (one of them) were Mildly elevated esitmated pulmonary pressures. Now does this mean I have to go for a right heart cath? That is the one test I dread. I have not been around for a while, I am depressed about tests coming back with problems. I suffer from depression. Have had it for many years. Just not in the mood to chat at times.


Had to put my CT scan off till Oct and my Lung specialist off till early Dec.

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I don't know if the doctor will want a RHC but I have had several and they are not that bad. Mine have all been through the groin but they can also go in through the neck or wrist. You don't need any more anxiety worrying about something. 


You'll feel better once you get the tests results. Even if they aren't perfect, it is better to know that to be worried. 



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Hi Ron,


I'm sorry to hear that you've been feeling depressed and worried. It's perfectly natural to feel concerned about the results of your tests, although as Miocean says, not knowing is much worse.  Unfortunately the dread of what might happen is often more worrying than what actually does happen!! :wink:


I've never had a RHC, so can't advise you from my own experience; however, I have had friends who've had them and whilst it's not something to look forward to, apparently it's not as bad as you may fear.


Please do keep us updated with any results you receive.


Kind regards,

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Hello Ron


I am really sorry to hear this. I don't suffer with depression but I do get not wanting "it" anymore. "It" being tests, doctors, results, scleroderma! I also have had low periods but I understand that this is different from depression. Very different.


As for the right heart catheterisation, I had a left and right one and it's not a big deal in itself. You feel nothing much, apart from the injection in the groin to numb you then a bit of pressure. You're awake and it takes about 20 minutes then back to bed. That's the bummer as you have to lay flat for 2-3 hours as the incision in the groin closes. Oh yes and you can't eat before just in case.


The procedure is straightforward and not that unpleasant but then you have the results of course...


I hope this helps...

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