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Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, noon (ET)

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Do you have a question about pulmonary hypertension? Gustavo Heresi-Davila, MD, Department of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine, and Nicholas G. Smedira, MD, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, will answer your questions about this topic during a live webchat Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at noon (ET).

Pulmonary Hypertension Live Web Chat on Sept. 26

Live Web Chat: noon to 1 p.m. (ET) on Sept. 26, 2012.


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Featured Expert
Gustavo Heresi-Davila, MD

  • Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine

Featured Expert
Nicholas Smedira, MD

  • Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

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Pulmonary hypertension is a rare and serious lung disorder in which the pulmonary arteries that carry blood from the heart to the lungs become narrowed. The blood pressure in these arteries then rises far above normal levels, straining the right ventricle of the heart and causing it to expand and enlarge. Overworked, the right ventricle gradually becomes weaker and loses its ability to pump enough blood to the lungs, leading potentially to the development of right heart failure.

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Questions for Dr. Heresi-Davila and Dr. Smedira for this webchat might include:

  • What are the signs and symptoms of pulmonary hypertension?
  • What causes pulmonary hypertension and how is it diagnosed?
  • What kinds of treatments are available for pulmonary hypertension?

 Dr. Gustavo Heresi-Davila is a staff physician in the Department of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. His specialties include pulmonary hypertension, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), pneumonia and pulmonary fibrosis.

Dr. Nicholas G. Smedira is a staff cardiothoracic surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and Director of Quality for the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute.

This health chat will open on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 to allow you to submit questions. We will try to answer as many questions as possible during the chat. Please create an account to attend the chat and submit your questions.

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