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Pulmonary Hypertension Center


The Pulmonary Hypertension Center at the South Denver Heart Center (SDHC) offers a multidisciplinary team who are specifically trained in pulmonary hypertension therapies. Physician specialists, nurses, dietitians, and rehabilitation staff come together to offer personalized education, support and hope for our patients.

Services are offered on an outpatient basis and include individualized nutrition, exercise, medical treatment and stress management.  An active, highly educated support group is available as is community outreach and education.

Do you or does someone you love have pulmonary hypertension?

Recognize the symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath with activity
  • Feeling tired
  • Fainting
  • Chest pain
  • Swollen ankles, legs or abdomen
  • Symptoms usually limit exercise and other activities

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have pulmonary hypertension.

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) occurs when the blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries (the vessels that carry blood from the heart to the lungs) becomes higher than normal putting additional work and stress on the right side of the heart.

Pulmonary hypertension is a chronic condition that can become life threatening. It affects people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds.

What are the common causes of pulmonary hypertension?

  • Congenital heart defects
  • Connective tissue disease—Scleroderma, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • HIV infection
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Certain diet drugs
  • Sickle Cell Anemia

How is pulmonary hypertension diagnosed?

The following tests and procedures are used for evaluation of heart and lung function:

  • Heart catheterization
  • Echocardiogram
  • Pulmonary function tests
  • Sleep studies
  • Lab studies
  • Chest X-rays
  • CT scans
  • MRI
  • Nuclear scans

What is the conventional therapy for pulmonary hypertension?

Your physician could recommend a number of different treatments that include:

  • Anticoagulants
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Diuretics
  • Oxygen
  • Not smoking
  • Eating a well-balanced diet
  • Staying physically active

Is specific vasodilator therapy right for you?

In addition to the treatments listed above, any of the following vasodilators could be used in your plan:

  • Flolan
  • Remodulin
  • Tracleer
  • Letairis
  • Revatio
  • OPsumit
  • Orenitram
  • Uptravi

What’s the next step?

Talk to your physician today about the South Denver Heart Center Pulmonary Hypertension Center.

A collaboration between South Denver Cardiology Associates and National Jewish Health.

Call 303-703-2090 to set up a visit by phone or request an appointment online.