Pulmonary hypertension

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Duke’s nationally ranked lung and heart teams work together to give you access to the latest methods for diagnosing, treating and controlling pulmonary hypertension, sometimes referred to as PH. Using pulmonary rehabilitation, medical management, and the latest research, we aim to prevent your condition from getting worse, and help you maintain as normal a lifestyle as possible.

Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to your health

Shortness of breath, dizziness, tiredness or chest pain can all be signs of pulmonary hypertension, a type of high blood pressure in your lungs. Left untreated, pulmonary hypertension can cause significant damage to your heart and lungs that can only be improved with a lung or heart-lung transplant. 

While there is no cure for pulmonary hypertension, early diagnosis and treatment can greatly improve your ability to live with the disease. Specialists in our nationally ranked heart and lung programs review your health history and use sophisticated diagnostic tools to determine the treatment that is right for you. Supervised exercise, education and medical management through our pulmonary rehabilitation program are designed to boost your lung function, and improve your shortness of breath and related pulmonary hypertension symptoms. Whether you are in the earliest stages of pulmonary hypertension or in need of a transplant, we have the experience and knowledge to treat pulmonary hypertension and maximize your quality of life. 

Choose Duke for your pulmonary hypertension treatment because we offer:

  • Nationally ranked care. U.S. News & World Report ranks both our lung and our heart programs among the best in the nation.  We are one of the few places in the nation where lung doctors work with heart doctors to control pulmonary hypertension, which can affect both organs.
  • Nation’s leading transplant programs. If you need a lung or heart-lung transplant, our transplant programs are among the nation’s largest, and our survival rates are among the nation’s best.
  • Access to the most effective treatments. We are the only medical center in the Triangle to offer a full range of oral, inhaled and intravenous (IV) treatments for pulmonary hypertension. Studies show IV treatments are more effective than other types of medicines at managing the condition.
  • Treatments based on latest research. Our comprehensive database of the latest findings concerning pulmonary hypertension ensures you receive the most effective treatments available today.
  • Team of experts. Your team may include pulmonologists, cardiologists, pulmonary rehabilitation specialists and other healthcare professionals who help you get your condition under control -- and keep it that way.
  • Post-treatment support. Our pulmonary rehabilitation program gives you the tools you need to exercise, eat right, quit smoking, lose weight and make other lifestyle changes that will help you control your pulmonary hypertension.



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