ATLANTA (May 10, 2011)—The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Sibley Heart Center is pleased to announce the launch of its Pulmonary Hypertension Program. Pulmonary hypertension is a disorder of the blood vessels in the lungs that results in elevated blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries.
While sometimes pulmonary hypertension has no known cause, more frequently it occurs as a complication of another disease process. Conditions such as congenital diaphragmatic hernia, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, scleroderma, restrictive lung disease, sickle cell disease and congenital heart disease are known to contribute to the development of pulmonary hypertension.
The Sibley Heart Center Pulmonary Hypertension Program provides a centralized home for management of this condition, along with access to a team of specialists who also treat the conditions associated with pulmonary hypertension. Children or young adults who have, or are at risk for, pulmonary hypertension, receive specialized care provided by a multidisciplinary team with experience in managing the specific drugs and therapies used to treat the condition.
“Our program is unique in that it incorporates both pediatric cardiologists and a pediatric pulmonologist—physicians with expertise in both of the organ systems primarily affected by pulmonary hypertension,” said Usama Kanaan, M.D., Director of the Sibley Heart Center Pulmonary Hypertension Program. “This offers our patients coordinated care, as they are seen simultaneously by both specialists during one visit. Depending upon the patient’s condition, other physicians may also be involved in his or her care. We are committed to maintaining excellent communication among all providers and ensuring the seamless delivery of coordinated care for each patient.”
The Pulmonary Hypertension Program’s multidisciplinary team includes four pediatric cardiologists, a pediatric pulmonologist and a dedicated nurse practitioner.
Call 404-785-2950 or visit www.choa.org/PH for more information.
Children’s Sibley Heart Center
Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect, affecting one in 100 newborns each year. Treating more than 30,000 children every year, the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Sibley Heart Center has garnered widespread national recognition for our innovative treatments, leading-edge research and compassionate care. Ranked one of the country’s top five pediatric cardiac programs by Parents magazine, the Children’s Sibley Heart Center provides comprehensive cardiac services for congenital and acquired heart disease from infancy through young adulthood, as well as prenatal diagnostics. Visit www.choa.org/heart or call 404-256-2593 or 800-542-2233 for more information.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research and education. Managing more than half a million patient visits annually at three hospitals and 16 neighborhood locations, Children’s is one of the largest clinical care providers for children in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 30 pediatric specialties and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals by Parents magazine and U.S.News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s has made an impact in the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit www.choa.org for more information.