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Pulmonary Hypertension (PH)

What Is Pulmonary Hypertension?

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs that can lead to heart failure.

It is a rare lung disorder affecting only the pulmonary arteries, which carry blood from your heart to your lungs to pick up oxygen.

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PH occurs when the lung’s tiny arteries narrow or become blocked. To keep blood flowing through the narrowed vessels, pressure increases in the arteries.

A Comprehensive PH Program

The UPMC Comprehensive Pulmonary Hypertension Program is one of the largest of its kind in the United States, offering patients full access to:

Cardiology, pulmonary, and other specialists work together from the time of your initial evaluation, which can normally take place on a single day and at one location.

For severe cases of PH requiring a lung or heart-lung transplant, UPMC offers unparalleled expertise as one of the world’s largest lung and heart-lung transplantation centers.

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