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Pulmonary Hypertension

At Indiana University Health, our physicians provide comprehensive care to treat complex conditions like pulmonary hypertension. Physicians from different specialties work together to manage your care and develop a personalized treatment plan.

Pulmonary hypertension means the blood pressure in the arteries that carry blood to your lungs from your heart becomes too high. High blood pressure in these areas can be inherited or caused by drug use; conditions like liver disease, HIV, heart disease, lung disease and blood clotting disorders; and a multitude of other conditions that affect the pulmonary arteries.

High blood pressure makes it difficult for your heart to pump blood to your lungs, weakening your heart. If your heart becomes too weak, you may develop congestive heart failure, the leading cause of death in patients with pulmonary hypertension. The only treatment for heart failure caused by pulmonary hypertension is a heart-lung transplant.

Signs of pulmonary hypertension include shortness of breath during regular activities, fatigue, chest pain, racing pulse or decreased appetite. Over time, it can make any physical activity difficult and lead to fainting.

Pulmonary hypertension is diagnosed through electrocardiograms (EKGs), pulmonary function tests and chest imaging techniques like CT scans or cardiac catheterizations. Extensive testing may be done to determine the cause of your pulmonary hypertension.

It is important to treat pulmonary hypertension early to help your heart stay strong. Depending on what is causing your pulmonary hypertension, your treatment may include lifestyle changes, medications, oxygen therapy or surgery. In most cases, the best way to treat pulmonary hypertension is by managing the disease that is causing it. Your pulmonologist will work together with other specialists, such as cardiologists, hepatologists or nephrologists, and your primary care physician to ensure all aspects of your care are taken care of.

IU Health Pulmonology & Respiratory Care physicians have the strength it takes to keep your heart strong. We will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that manages symptoms and addresses the underlying causes of your pulmonary hypertension. As part of Indiana’s only nationally ranked health system, our pulmonologists provide you with high quality respiratory care and access to the state’s top specialists. Your IU Health care team will be composed of expert physicians who strive to improve your health and quality of life every day.

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How We Can Help

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