Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH)

A diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension, or high blood pressure in the lungs, can be frightening and confusing. When you seek treatment at Duke, you have access to nationally ranked lung and heart teams equipped with the latest methods for diagnosing, treating, and controlling all types of pulmonary hypertension. These include pulmonary hypertension that’s hereditary, related to other medical conditions (such as scleroderma, lupus, liver disease, heart disease, HIV, and chronic blood clots), or caused by past medication or drug use. Using pulmonary rehabilitation, medications, surgery, and the latest research, we aim to prevent your condition from getting worse and help you maintain as normal a lifestyle as possible.

Why Pulmonary Hypertension Treatment Is Important

Left untreated, pulmonary hypertension (in some cases called pulmonary arterial hypertension) can cause significant damage to your heart and lungs that can only be improved with a lung transplant or heart-lung transplant. While there is no cure for most forms of pulmonary hypertension, early diagnosis and treatment can greatly improve your ability to live with the disease. One type of pulmonary hypertension -- chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), which is caused by old blood clots that have scarred the blood vessels to your lungs -- is potentially curable.

At Duke, our pulmonologists and cardiologists will review your health history and use sophisticated diagnostic tools to confirm your diagnosis, identify what type of pulmonary hypertension you have, and help you determine what treatment will be most effective for you.

Choosing a Pulmonary Hypertension Treatment Center

Trust your care to Duke’s nationally ranked lung and heart programs.

  • You’ll get expert care from pulmonologists and cardiologists. We’re one of the few places in the nation where these types of specialists join forces to control pulmonary hypertension, which can affect both organs.
  • If you need a lung transplant or heart-lung transplant, our transplant programs are among the nation’s largest, and our survival rates are among the nation’s best.
  • If you have chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) -- the curable form of pulmonary hypertension -- you’ll benefit from a program that has been providing highly specialized medical and surgical care of this complex problem for decades.
  • You’ll have access to the full range of oral, inhaled, intravenous (IV), and subcutaneous treatments for pulmonary hypertension.
  • Our comprehensive database of the latest research on pulmonary hypertension ensures you receive the most effective treatments available. Our pulmonary hypertension team is actively researching the condition and ways to manage it, including new diagnostic tests and medications.
  • Your treatment team may include pulmonologists, cardiologists, pulmonary rehabilitation specialists, pulmonary hypertension-trained nurses, and other healthcare professionals to help you get -- and keep -- your condition in control. Our staff can work with your insurance company and drug companies to make your care easier.
  • You’ll receive tools and support from our pulmonary rehabilitation program to help you learn about your condition and make lifestyle changes that will help you control your pulmonary hypertension.



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