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Pulmonary hypertension occurs when blood pressure is high in the lungs’ blood vessels. Pulmonary hypertension can be caused by a number of medical conditions, including heart defects related to structure or too much blood flow to the lungs, birth defects such as congenital diaphragmatic hernia, a poorly functioning left ventricle, and chronic lung disease related to oxygen toxicity. We provide inpatient and outpatient consultations and follow-up care related to pulmonary hypertension.
Patients often receive medication to treat pulmonary hypertension. Some children receive a liquid medication at home. Others may need an intravenous medication that requires continuous monitoring in the intensive care unit.
Cardiac catheterization is a minimally invasive procedure. A surgeon will insert small tubes into blood vessels, then thread tools through the tubes. Also known as catheters, these tubes give the surgeon the ability to precisely diagnose pulmonary hypertension, pinpoint a treatment plan and monitor progress.
Pediatric cardiologist Edward S. Kim, M.D. is medical director of our two state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratories. He and his team work closely with other providers, including pulmonologists, neonatologists and intensivists, to ensure that patients receive coordinated, multidisciplinary care.