Working closely with National Jewish Health, we have developed a pulmonary hypertension program that leverages the vast research and clinical experience of both institutions.
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is high blood pressure in the arteries to your lungs. It makes the right side of the heart work harder than normal. Over time, your heart weakens and cannot do its job and you can develop heart failure. We can help.
What is pulmonary hypertension?
If you suffer from pulmonary hypertension, the arteries in your lungs get smaller and tighter, making it harder for blood to flow properly. As the pressure rises in your lungs’ arteries, the right heart ventricle, or the lower right chamber, has to work overtime to pump blood through your lungs. This will eventually cause your heart muscle to weaken and fail.
Pulmonary hypertension is a serious condition and becomes worse over time. Although some forms of pulmonary hypertension aren't curable, treatment can help lessen symptoms and improve quality of life.
Pulmonary hypertension treatments we offer
There is no cure for primary pulmonary hypertension. Treatment manages your symptoms and may include one or more of the following:
- Self-care and exercise therapy
- Oxygen therapy
- Lung or heart-lung transplant
The condition can be made worse by a number of factors. You can do certain things that will help you stay as healthy as possible. To maintain a healthy lifestyle with primary pulmonary hypertension:
- Don’t smoke.
- Before starting an exercise program, ask your healthcare provider about the type and amount of physical activity that is safe for you.
- Be careful when using prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Ask your doctor or pharmacist which medicines are safe for a person with primary pulmonary hypertension.
- Consider getting a pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine and yearly flu vaccines. Flu and pneumonia can be very dangerous for people with this condition.