I've never figured out how this disease ultimately kills us? Is it an overworked heart, so heart attack/failure? Or, is it lung failure, so suffocation?
James, I think you may have misunderstood your doctor, and I misread your last question to read "is it limited to the right heart", sorry. It affects both lungs but is usually limited to the right ventricle of the heart. The right ventricle (the lower right chamber) of the heart is the pump that delivers unoxygenated blood to the lungs to become oxygenated through the pulmonary artery. When the pulmonary artery is unable to easily deliver that blood to the lungs it causes the right ventricle of the heart to struggle. So it damages both sides of the lungs as well as the right side of the heart. This is my understanding but you should ask your doctor to clarify it for you. Thanks, Jane
I agree if it's a massive heart attack. but ultimately you stop breathing. That death is not my focus how to live with COPD, PH AND DIASTOLIC CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE.
Sudden heart attack is way better than suffocation.
Hi James1153. You asked for this, it's depressing. Hugs, Jane
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