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Pulmonary hypertension program at Houston Methodist Hospital receives national designation
Houston - November 01, 2016
Houston Methodist Hospital is the only location in Houston and one of two locations in Texas accredited as a pulmonary hypertension care center by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA).

Pulmonary hypertension is a chronic, debilitating disease of the blood vessels of the lungs that causes shortness of breath, progressive heart failure and can lead to death.

“Accreditation means the Houston Methodist Hospital program demonstrates a dedication to making a proper diagnosis and has the infrastructure and capacity to comprehensively manage even complicated PH patients,” said Zeenat Safdar, M.D., director of the Houston Methodist Pulmonary Hypertension Care Center. “In addition to diagnosis and treatment, patients have access to more than 20 pulmonary hypertension clinical studies and registries.”

Accreditation for leading PH programs across the nation will help track the overall quality of care, diagnostic and treatment patterns, and patient outcomes. Houston Methodist Hospital is one of a few selected accredited PH programs across the country.

Symptoms of pulmonary hypertension include breathlessness, fatigue, dizziness and chest pain. The survival rate for PH patients who go untreated is less than three years. In addition, many patients hospitalized due to PH complications need intravenous prostacyclin therapy and may require transplantation as a last resort.

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