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Episode 32 - Shortness of Breath

Do you know the warning signs of pulmonary embolism and hypertension? Associate Director of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division Dr. Victor Tapson (Cedars-Sinai Hospital) shares what to look for when it comes to PE and PH, as well as some of his latest research and COVID's role in these diseases.

Dr. Victor Tapson

In the second installment of our Cedars-Sinai series, hosts Dr. Steven Taback and Bill Curtis are joined by pulmonary and Critical Care Director Dr. Victor Tapson, where they discuss all things pulmonary embolism and hypertension related. Pulmonary hypertension is known as the silent killer because more often than not, you’re only diagnosed after it’s too late. The panel discuses some of the causes for pulmonary embolism, how COVID has played a role in the disease, as well as signs and symptoms for both patients and physicians to look out for when treating the pulmonary embolism and hypertension.

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Episode Timestamps:

2:30 How has COVID played a role in blood clots? 

3:53 Dealing with the social devastation of COVID as a physician.

5:36 Are blood clots in COVID patients different than those who get clots without COVID?

8:30 Does anti-inflammatory agents or immunotherapy have any effect on blood clots?

9:49 What got Dr. Tapson originally interested in studying Pulmonary Embolism? 

10:58 Why do DBT and PE consistently get missed on diagnosis?

12:00 What are the best tests to diagnosis PE?

13:53 Young physicians and the conundrum of minimizing the amount of testing with a disease that’s diagnosis relies mostly on “suspicion.” 

16:00 Minimizing CT scans because of the dye/contrast’s effects on kidneys.

17:53 How do blood thinners work?

22:07 Pulmonary hypertension vs. high blood pressure.

23:15 What are the 5 classes of pulmonary hypertension?

25:45 How do you test for PH?

26:57 What predisposes one to pulmonary hypertension?

28:18 Has PH risen with COVID “long-haulers?”

29:20 The balancing act of 'best-treatment’ for a disease and kidney/liver function.

30:47 Dr. Tapson shares the biggest breakthroughs and exceptions in his field.

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Produced & Edited by: AJ Moseley

Hosted by: Dr. Steven Taback & Bill Curtis

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