Pulmonary hypertension describes an abnormal elevation inside the blood vessels in the lungs. High pressure inside the lung blood vessels is often the result of elevated resistance within these blood vessels.
As time passes, the blood vessels in the lung begin to change and may eventually become scarred and distorted. This process has profound effects on the heart’s ability to sustain the circulation, initially with exercise, and ultimately at rest. Symptoms of pulmonary hypertension can be non-specific and include:
This problem with this resistance may be the end result of many different medical conditions, such as:
Because several diseases may lead to pulmonary hypertension, our physicians initially focus on defining the underlying cause.
We decipher the underlying process that led to pulmonary hypertension through a combination of non-invasive and, at times, invasive testing. Tests such as:
The results of these tests help our team of cardiologists and pulmonologists craft a multidisciplinary approach that uniquely addresses the underlying disease, as well as the problems with blood vessel resistance. Our goal is to develop a collaborative relationship with our patients and their care-givers, to blunt the effects of this challenging disease.
Treatment for pulmonary hypertension
During the last several years, there has been an enormous expansion in the potential treatments for pulmonary hypertension. Oral, inhaled, subcutaneous and continuous intravenous therapies promise to change the natural history of pulmonary hypertension, and provide patients with more freedom and more choices. Our group currently offers all available treatments for pulmonary hypertension, and aims to match the therapy with the individual patient’s medical needs.