Areas of Focus

Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure that occurs in the arteries in the lungs. If left untreated, it leads to heart failure.

The measurement used to detect pulmonary hypertension reflects the pressure the heart must exert to pump blood through the arteries of the lungs. The measurement is completely different from the traditional blood pressure readings, and unfortunately, because symptoms of pulmonary hypertension mimic many illnesses, when the correct diagnosis is reached it’s often too late.

Too often, when it is finally detected, patients have only a few months to live.

The Providence Health Regional Pulmonary Hypertension Center wants to help identify pulmonary hypertension cases early so that the disease can be managed and the patient can live.  People of all ages, races and ethnicities are affected, and symptoms include:

  •          shortness of breath
  •          dizziness
  •          fatigue

Our specialists perform a series of diagnostic tests to determine whether these symptoms are caused by pulmonary hypertension. Treatments include conventional medical therapies, and oral, inhaled, and subcutaneous medicines.  Heart or lung transplants are also an option if there has been advanced progression of the disease.  There is no cure for Pulmonary Hypertension, so early diagnosis is crucial for an improved quality of life.  

For more information on Pulmonary Hypertension, contact the Providence Health respiratory therapy department at 1(800) 424-DOCS.