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.

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:

  • State-of-the-art diagnostics
  • Innovative treatments
  • Opportunities to participate in cutting-edge clinical research

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.

Contact the UPMC Heart & Vascular Institute

Request an appointment online, call 1-855-UPMC-HVI (876-2484), or email us.

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The research of Stephen Chan, MD focuses on new strategies to find the origins of pulmonary hypertension and a cure was recently profiled.
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