I am a 32-year-old female, normal BMI, low BP and cholesterol. Recently I had two echocardiograms done (one in Sept, one in Nov) because I was experiencing intermittent heart racing after exertion/ on inclines, etc. The first echo showed a mildly leaky tricuspid valve and estimated pulmonary artery pressures between 30-35 mmHg. Concerned about pulmonary hypertension, I underwent a series of tests and a second echo to rule out PH at the Mayo Clinic, after which my doctors felt no PH was present (although they want to follow up in a year). The odd thing is, on both tests, two months apart, both echos also showed a "tiny, insignificant pericardial effusion". What could be causing this? I had a cold during my second echo, but was feeling healthy during the first... I am genuinely baffled and wondering if this is cause for concern?
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