I have been having a feeling of not getting a good breath (dysnea) and pressure (weight on my chest) for 6 months on a daily basis. I have also have the following GERD symptoms: throat constriction (sometimes it feels like a lump, sometimes it feels like it's swelling up), burping, thick saliva in the back of throat (especially in the morning), swallowing difficulties (slow movement of food in particular area of esophagus).
My doctor had concentarted on the breathing problem. She sent me for a PFT (pulmonary function test). She called and said there was a mild increase in vascular volume...hypertension. After researching the web, I can only conclude she was referring to pulmonary hypertension. I don't know what the pressure was, but will ask when I go back this Tuesday. She said she would review my chart-wasn't sure if she wanted to send me to a pulmonologist or cadiologist. I am exteremly concerend from the literature I've read. I had a echogram last year which showed precuspid regurgitation (mild). I read this can be a symptom of pulmonary hypertension. How accurate is a PFT in determining pulmonary hypertension? Any connection with the GERD? I also have a hiatal hernia.