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Medical mystery: Which risky problem gets treated first?

from The Inquirer

A 70-year-old woman with two very high-risk health conditions — heart valve disease and pulmonary hypertension — recently came to see us. Both problems were triggered by a chronic autoimmune disease called scleroderma, a skin condition that can cause the skin to tighten or become thick and rigid, losing elasticity. Scleroderma comes with numerous symptoms and complications, and can affect any part of the body — in our patient’s case, her heart and lungs. more

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