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Pulmonary Hypertension Program

Our comprehensive program to treat pulmonary hypertension involves multiple specialists working together to treat each patient’s unique needs.

Overview

Pulmonary hypertension is a rare but serious illness that is treatable and affects about 300 new patients in the United States each year. In a healthy heart, the right side of the heart pumps blood through the lungs, where it picks up oxygen and is returned to the left side of the heart where it is pumped to the whole body. Pulmonary hypertension occurs when the small arteries (blood vessels) of the lungs become narrowed and can't carry as much blood, resulting in pressure buildup in the heart.

Over time, if left untreated, the right side of the heart becomes enlarged and will eventually fail. There are several causes of pulmonary hypertension — some unknown — and several treatments available. Often it takes a combination of medications to manage the symptoms.

The complexity of this illness has motivated our nationally recognized pulmonary hypertension physicians at the Heart Institute to develop a comprehensive program involving multiple clinical units working together to treat each patient’s unique needs. Beyond the research to which they have contributed, these clinicians have ample experience managing successful treatment options customized for every patient.