My name is David Grady. I was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension June 18, 2008. Prior to my diagnosis, I had several symptoms such as shortness of breath and a persistent dry cough. I was prescribed asthma medication to combat these symptoms. The asthma medication did not relieve these symptoms. Finally, I had an EKG during a routine physical (June 13, 2008). The EKG showed the right side of my heart was enlarged. I had an echo the following Monday, and a right heart catheterization June 18, 2008, which determined that I had Pulmonary Hypertension.
After my diagnosis, I never went back to my job as a police officer and retired medically. This was very difficult because it was a job I loved and I had no say in my leaving. I learned that there were things such as weight lifting and running that I would not be able to do anymore. However, I continued to exercise using the treadmill to walk. I also got a German Shepherd – Samantha – who I walk numerous times a day to stay active.
Pulmonary Hypertension is a difficult disease to live with, but not impossible. Keep positive and don’t give up. Stay active with what you can do, and “Just Do It” as Nike says.
David J. Grady