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Can you have Arrhythmia and Pulmonary Hypertension?

By Anonymous December 1, 2011 - 1:47pm
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Hi Marizella,

My suggestion is to write down all your questions and concerns.

Make an appointment with your cardiologist. Bring your notes and get the correct answers.

I would be doing you a great disservice by citing general articles which both of us would find on the internet.

Your cardiologist knows your medical history, the extent of your condition and can best prepare  you for what to expect during and following the catherterization procedure.

You will be in my thoughts and prayers,


December 23, 2011 - 6:07pm

Yes, a person can have a cardiac arrhythmia, which is a problem with the heart's electrical system, and pulmonary hypertension, which is abnormally high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs.

An arrhythmia is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. During an arrhythmia, the heart can beat too fast, too slow, or with an irregular rhythm.

When the small arteries  of the lung become narrowed, they cannot carry as much blood. When this happens, pressure builds up. This is called pulmonary hypertension.

I hope this answers your question,


December 1, 2011 - 5:17pm
(reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Hi Maryann,

Thank you for the info. I was born with pulmonary atresia/tetrology of fallot with VSD, which was repaired eleven years ago. About 2 years ago I was diagnosed with secondary pulmonary hypertension. I just came off the medication due to side effects and have been experiencing atrial fibrillation/arrythmia's. I know this is the cause of the hypertension (i hope) but can this issue go away once the proper medication is prescribed for the hypertension? Would I also need medication for the arrythmia as well? I am having a catheterization done after the new year to check the pressures of the heart and check for blockages. They will determine the right meds to take based on the outcome. I am just concerned and dont know what to expect. I have been having anxiety attacks that trigger the arrythmia's more than anything else. I would appreciate any information you could give me. thank you so much. Marizella

December 22, 2011 - 8:58pm
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