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Pulmonary Hypertension Treatment

Pulmonary hypertension is a complex disease with a high mortality rate, whether it is an isolated condition or the result of a primary disease process. Pulmonary Hypertension is caused by a narrowing of the arteries in the lungs that eventually leads to an increase in blood pressure within these arteries. Symptoms of pulmonary hypertension include progressive shortness of breath and the inability to perform daily activities.

The Pulmonary Hypertension Center provides advanced diagnosis and treatment options. An individualized treatment plan is developed for each patient that may include a combination of oral, inhaled and intravenous medications.

While pulmonary hypertension can affect individuals of all ages, races and backgrounds, some patients are more predisposed to develop the disease, including those with rheumatological diseases, blood disorders, sleep disorders and patients with primary cardiac or lung disease who have shortness of breath out of proportion to what would normally be expected.

Pulmonary Hypertension Center Specialties

  • A multidisciplinary approach to care that provides expertise across a spectrum of physician specialties and access to innovative treatments
  • One-on-one personalized care provided by staff trained in pulmonary hypertension management
  • Educational consultations for patients and their caregivers
  • Medication management for initial and established patients provided by clinical staff and pharmacists
  • Dietary consults with a registered dietitian
  • Social services and chaplaincy services

Pulmonary Hypertension Diagnostic Procedures

  • Specialized echocardiogram protocol
  • Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Right-heart catheterization with vasodilation challenge
  • Pulmonary function test
  • Nuclear lung perfusion scans

Meet the Physicians Treating Pulmonary Hypertension »