(KPNX) Hiking one of the smaller inclines of the Grand Canyon, Linda Shadman was enjoying the beauty of the park. As a healthy and active retiree, she did not expect the health hurdle she was about to face.
“All of a sudden, I could not catch my breath,” Shadman said.
She immediately thought the worst – a heart attack.
“I was petrified,” she said.
It was a scare that couldn’t be ignored.
“I sought out a doctor,” Shadman said. “A cardiologist in the beginning.”
But nobody seemed to be able to diagnose her. Her hidden disease is often the last thing thought of. Sometimes, it can take years for a proper diagnosis.
“Many patients, if not diagnosed efficiently, can end up dying from their Pulmonary Hypertension,” said Jeremy Feldman, M.D., a pulmonology specialist with Arizona Pulmonary Specialists.
It was Dr. Feldman who finally put a name to Linda’s disease. Her shortness of breath and fatigue was brought on by Pulmonary Hypertension, elevated pressures within the blood vessels of the lungs.
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