Pulmonary hypertension is a disorder of the arteries in the lungs that results in elevated blood pressure in the lungs and strain on the heart. Sometimes, pulmonary hypertension has no known cause, but it occurs more frequently as a consequence of another disease, such as congenital heart disease, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, scleroderma, restrictive lung disease or sickle cell disease.
Because pulmonary hypertension affects the heart and lungs, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta offers comprehensive care through a dedicated team of specialists, including cardiologists, pulmonologists, pediatric nurse practitioners, social workers and researchers.
Symptoms and signs of pulmonary hypertension may include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain