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Tuesday, November 29, 2011.

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LIVELINES: BREATHING/LUNG ISSUES

November is Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month. This is a rare condition that affects almost 30 thousand people. It's often mis-diagnosed.

Our guest this morning was Doctor Michael Czarnecki. Dr. Czarnecki says this is known as hypertension of the lungs.

The symptoms include...

-fainting

-lightheadedness

-shortness of breath

-fluid retention

-fatigue

-bluish lips and fingernails

Left untreated, 50 percent of patients survive only three to five years following diagnosis.

Therapies include common medications such as diuretics, digitalis, blood thinners and calcium channel blockers.

DR. MIKE CZARNECKI

423.710.3864

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