Pulmonary hypertension is a disorder of the blood vessels in the lungs that results in elevated blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries and placing a strain on the heart. Since pulmonary hypertension affects both the heart and lungs, we offer comprehensive care through a dedicated team of specialists who care for each of those organs. Ours is the only program in our region to offer simultaneous care with both a pediatric cardiologist and pediatric pulmonologist at each clinic visit. Our team also includes three dedicated and knowledgeable nurse practitioners and a senior research coordinator.
Sometimes pulmonary hypertension has no known cause, but more frequently it occurs as a consequence of another disease like congenital heart disease, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, scleroderma, restrictive lung disease, and sickle cell disease. At Children's, our Pulmonary Hypertension Program offers children and young adults a range of services, from imaging tests to long-term treatment and follow-up care. We provide comprehensive services for the evaluation and management of pulmonary hypertension including:
- Cardiac catheterization
- Exercise and walk testing
- Long term treatments and follow up care
- Pulmonary function testing
- Radiographic studies (X-ray, CT, MRI and nuclear medicine scans)
Pulmonary hypertension can affect many different body systems, so care can be complex. Our team will work closely with your child’s doctor and other specialists to ensure your child gets coordinated care that meets his specific needs.