Pulmonary Hypertension Treatment and Care
Doctors at Cedars-Sinai are giving people with pulmonary hypertension hope for a bright future. We deliver an accurate diagnosis and effective treatments for all forms of the disease. Our services can help you get back to the activities that matter most.
What Is Pulmonary Hypertension?
Pulmonary hypertension is a rare lung disorder. There are several causes including narrowing in the pulmonary arteries that deliver blood between your heart and lungs. This narrowing causes abnormally high blood pressure.
When you have pulmonary hypertension, the heart works harder than it should. Over time, your heart may not be able to keep up, putting you at risk for heart failure.
Pulmonary hypertension that develops with no known cause is idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH). There is no cure for most forms of pulmonary hypertension. Treatments can often lower pulmonary artery pressure and reduce strain on your heart
Our Approach to Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Treatment
Cedars-Sinai is home to internationally renowned pulmonologists and cardiologists who specialize in pulmonary hypertension treatment. Our expertise means you receive the best possible care right from the start. Plan your visit to our pulmonary hypertension clinic.
Highlights of our program include:
- Highly skilled doctors: All of our pulmonologists and cardiologists completed advanced training through fellowships, allowing them to accurately diagnose and manage pulmonary hypertension. They successfully treat common and complex forms of the disease. Their expertise is one reason why other L.A.-area doctors put their trust in our services.
- Clinical trials: Our active participation in research, including worldwide clinical trials, gives you access to new treatments. You may be eligible to try medications before they are widely available. These care options give you more chances for long-term symptom relief.
- Team approach: Our pulmonologists work together with Cedars-Sinai cardiologists to help you get the care you need. We meet regularly to coordinate services for hard-to-manage conditions. Our team approach helps you focus on feeling better.
- Leadership: We are improving pulmonary hypertension treatment by studying new therapies and establishing new care practices. Our efforts are helping doctors identify rare causes of the disease, including pulmonary embolism.
Standard Pulmonary Hypertension Treatments
Our team includes a nurse practitioner who specializes in caring for people with pulmonary hypertension. You can contact this specialist between appointments if you have any questions about your care plan.
Your personalized care plan may include:
- Healthy living recommendations: We give you helpful tips for getting the most out of treatment and lowering your risk of complications. These tips often include a low-sodium diet and mild exercise.
- Medications: Most people with pulmonary arterial hypertension take medications to help control their symptoms. If standard treatments are not effective, we may recommend new options available through clinical trials.
- Pulmonary rehabilitation: This supervised exercise program is tailored to meet the unique needs of people with lung disease. Pulmonary rehabilitation can help you regain your strength and make a safe return to a more active lifestyle. Learn more about our pulmonary rehabilitation program.
- Monitoring: We develop a lasting relationship with you, including regular follow-up appointments. During these appointments, we determine whether treatments are working as they should. We may make adjustments to your care plan to help you feel your best.
Care for Advanced Pulmonary Hypertension
If your symptoms continue to worsen, you may require additional treatment. You have access to options, including:
- Oxygen therapy (supplemental oxygen): For difficulty breathing, this treatment helps you receive extra oxygen. You breathe the oxygen in through a mask that connects to an oxygen tank.
- Hospital care for symptom flare-ups: If your symptoms suddenly become severe or you develop new ones, we may care for you in the hospital. In a hospital setting, we can provide more thorough care. Treatments may include medications we deliver through a vein (intravenously) to lower pressure in your pulmonary arteries.
- Organ transplant: In severe cases, pulmonary hypertension damages your heart or lungs. If your organs fail to meet your body’s needs, you may need a lung or heart-lung transplant. Read more about our comprehensive transplant center.