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Pulmonary hypertension is a type of high blood pressure that affects the arteries in your lungs and the right side of your heart.
If left untreated, the condition could lead to:
Unlike regular hypertension, which refers to high blood pressure across the circulatory system, pulmonary hypertension can’t be measured with a blood pressure cuff.
Pulmonary hypertension occurs when the blood vessels in the lungs become narrowed or stiff. To push blood through these arteries, the right side of the heart has to work harder. Eventually, the overworked part of your heart weakens, which can lead to heart failure.
Often, pulmonary hypertension is a result of another disease. For example, your condition may be caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), congenital heart disease or kidney disease, among many other causes.
Norton Pulmonary Specialists is a leader in treating lung conditions in Louisville and Southern Indiana. Our team has the experience and training to identify the cause of your condition and work with you to find an effective treatment.
In recognition of special expertise in pulmonary hypertension care, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association has accredited Norton Pulmonary Specialists as a Pulmonary Hypertension Care Center. The association’s accreditation is part of an effort to get patients the right diagnosis and care faster.
The Norton Pulmonary Specialists team works closely with physicians across the Norton Healthcare system to bring a full range of viewpoints and expertise to your treatment. Patients can benefit from the input of many specialists, including cardiologists, urologists and others.
Our specialists meet as a team every week to collaborate on all of our cases, bringing you the benefit of other providers’ opinions, viewpoints and expertise. When you work with Norton Pulmonary Specialists, you work with a team of research specialists, physicians and medical professionals dedicated to finding the best treatment for you.
As leaders in the treatment of pulmonary hypertension, our specialists routinely take part in clinical trials of innovative therapies. As principal investigators in clinical trials, our specialists have a wealth of experience with a treatment before it is approved for widespread use. Also, patients who want to try a new medication can get access through Norton Pulmonary Specialists.
Pulmonary arterial hypertension describes a condition when the high blood pressure is caused by changes in lung blood vessels rather than another disease. Obstruction, narrowing or other changes to the blood vessels reduces blood flow, forcing blood pressure higher.
Pulmonary arterial hypertension often has an unknown cause. Less frequently, the cause is a genetic mutation that’s inherited. Pulmonary arterial hypertension tends to worsen over time and tends to affect women between the ages of 30 and 60 more than others.
Treatments can ease symptoms and improve quality of life.
With our specialists’ experience and the latest tools, you’ll get a precise diagnosis that will guide a customized treatment plan for you.
Some diagnostic tests we perform include:
Since pulmonary hypertension is often the result of an underlying condition, your treatment likely will focus on that cause. Managing symptoms and slowing the disease’s progress often will start with medication.
There are many pulmonary hypertension medications to achieve different results. Some will open narrowed blood vessels; others act on a substance that narrows blood vessels. Still others eliminate excess fluid from the body or help the right ventricle pump harder.
It may take some time of trying different medications to find the right combination that provides the best outcome for you. Our pulmonologists have the experience to match your condition with the available treatments.
The board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians with Norton Pulmonary Specialists, formerly Chest Medicine Associates and Kentuckiana Pulmonary Associates, are leaders in caring for Louisville and Southern Indiana patients with asthma, COPD, emphysema and other lung diseases.
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