We diagnose and treats pulmonary hypertension as a team, with cardiologists, pulmonologists and other experts working together to provide you with the best care for your specific condition and unique needs.
Our Approach to Treating Pulmonary Hypertension
Our specialists have extensive experience identifying pulmonary hypertension, a condition so difficult to pinpoint that patients can suffer for years before being properly diagnosed. People are often misdiagnosed with asthma or as being physically unfit and seek out our experts for a correct diagnosis.
Pulmonary hypertension cannot be cured. However, we aim to treat and manage your specific condition through advanced treatment options proven to improve and extend lives of those with pulmonary hypertension.
Houston Methodist Lung Center's Pulmonary Hypertension Program offers highly skilled care for those suffering from advanced pulmonary hypertension. We leverage our extensive expertise, offer the latest therapies and use advanced equipment and technology to ensure you benefit from the most effective treatment plan — no matter how advanced or complex your specific condition may be. For instance, we specialize in right-heart catheterization to determine how well your heart pumps by observing blood flow through the heart and then measuring heart and lung pressure.
Additionally, chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), a serious form of pulmonary hypertension, can be treated surgically and with medicines. The Houston Methodist CTEPH Program at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center offers specialized care to CTEPH patients.
About Pulmonary Hypertension
What is pulmonary hypertension?
Pulmonary hypertension occurs when arteries carrying blood from your heart to your lungs narrow to the point of restricting blood flow. As a result, blood pressure in your pulmonary arteries increases and stresses your heart’s right ventricle, causing it to weaken, enlarge and develop into right heart failure.
What are the symptoms of pulmonary hypertension?
- Shortness of breath
- Ankle, abdomen or leg swelling
- Chest and/or upper right abdomen pain
- Heart palpitations
- Lips and/or skin turning blue
What causes pulmonary hypertension?
- Liver disease
- Connective tissue diseases such as scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus
- Congenital heart disease
- Pulmonary embolism (blood clots in lungs)
- Lung diseases such as COPD
- Left heart disease
- Sleep-related breathing disorders such as sleep apnea
- Drugs, stimulants and appetite suppressants, including cocaine, methamphetamine and the discontinued fen-phen (dexfenfluramine and phentermine)
- Unknown causes
How is pulmonary hypertension diagnosed?
How is pulmonary hypertension treated?
- Intravenous injections
- Lung transplant as the last resort
Pulmonary Hypertension Program
Houston Methodist Lung Center's Pulmonary Hypertension Program is one of only two accredited Centers of Comprehensive Care for adults in Texas. We offer effective treatment options for those suffering from advanced pulmonary hypertension. We also conduct, participate and lead innovative research, meaning we can offer you experimental therapies when appropriate. Learn more here or call 713.441.7779 to schedule an appointment.