Dr. Skloven provides tips to help women with pulmonary hypertension better communicate with their doctors about their condition. Dr. Skloven was a Cardiology Fellow under Dr. Eugene Braunwald from 1970 to 1972 in San Diego, California and now works at Banner Heart Hospital in Mesa, Arizona.
I think the three most important tips that I can give you with regard to communicating with your doctor about your pulmonary hypertension really relate to the major symptoms of this disease because that’s what he’s got to understand in terms of how you’re doing so he can make the decisions about treatment basically, and the major symptoms are shortness of breath and signs of what we call right-sided heart failure, which is swelling, fluid retention in your lower extremities in your feet and also fatigue, feeling extremely tired.
Now, basically what he needs to know at every visit is what’s your energy level like, whether you’re becoming more and more tired more easily, whether you’re having difficulties with swelling in your feet, particularly as the day goes on, and if your breathing is getting worse with just everyday activities. And by using these tips you’ll better communicate with your doctor.
About Dr. Z. David Skloven, M.D.:
Dr. Skloven is an Interventional Cardiologist at Banner Heart Hospital in Mesa, Ariz. After graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Chemistry. Dr. Skloven attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, graduating Cum Laude . He did both his internship and first year residency at Cornell University Hospitals in New York City. His second year residency was at the University of California in San Francisco. Dr. Skloven was a Cardiology Fellow under Dr. Eugene Braunwald from 1970 to 1972 in San Diego, California and then spent a year as Director of the La Jolla V.A. Hospital Cardiac Catheterization Lab.
Conditions: Pulmonary Hypertension, High Blood Pressure, Blod Clots, Heart Failure, Valvular Heart Disease
Related Terms: Pulmonary Embolism, Blood Vessel Abnormality, Sjogren's Syndrome, Connective Tissue Disease, Emphysema, COPD, Bronchitis, Leaky Mitral Valve, Echocardiogram, Heart Catheterization, Fen-Phen
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Expertise: Heart Disease Disease, Heart Disease Risks, Heart Disease Management, Heart Disease Prevention, Blood Pressure Testing, Coronary Artery Disease, Interventional Cardiology, Increased Blood Pressure