Blurry vision and chest pain during lacrosse training were the first signs of heart trouble for Katie Mezwa.
Katie Mezwa lives with a kind of high blood pressure that’s known to impact women who may otherwise appear healthy.
Rather than high blood pressure throughout her body, Katie has pulmonary hypertension which is high blood pressure in the loop of vessels connecting the heart and lungs. The heart ends up working harder to pump blood to the lungs to pick up oxygen.
With shortness of breath as the main symptom the condition is easy to be misdiagnosed. Katie’s first sign of heart trouble: blurry vision, fatigue and chest pain during a routine run with her lacrosse team.
A long path to answers included months of tests and appointments to find out why the active young woman had trouble performing. Continue reading →
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