What to Expect From the Norton Children’s Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Service

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.

Treatment for 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 for Pulmonary Hypertension

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.

Why Choose Norton Children’s Heart Institute

No other congenital heart surgery program in Kentucky, Ohio or Southern Indiana is rated higher by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons than the Norton Children’s Heart Institute Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Program.

  • Norton Children’s Hospital has been a pioneer in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, performing Kentucky’s first pediatric heart transplant in 1986 and becoming the second site in the United States to perform an infant heart transplant.
  • Our board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric cardiovascular surgeons are leaders in the field as clinicians and researchers.
  • More than 5,000 children a year visit Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, for advanced heart care.
  • Norton Children’s Heart Institute successfully performs more than 17,500 procedures a year.
  • The Society of Thoracic Surgeons rated Norton Children’s Heart Institute among the best in the region after studying years of our patients’ outcomes and our ability to treat a range of pediatric heart conditions, including the most severe.
  • Norton Children’s Heart Institute has satellite outpatient offices in Ashland, Bowling Green, Campbellsville, Elizabethtown, Frankfort, London, Madisonville, Murray, Owensboro, Paducah and Shepherdsville in Kentucky; as well as Corydon, Jasper, Madison and Scottsburg in Indiana; 28 tele-echocardiography locations in Kentucky and Southern Indiana; and six fetal echocardiography locations across Kentucky.
  • The American Board of Thoracic Surgery has awarded the cardiothoracic surgeons at Norton Children’s Hospital with subspecialty certification in congenital heart surgery.
  • The Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) is the largest dedicated CICU in Kentucky, equipped with 17 private rooms and the newest technology available for heart care.
  • Our multidisciplinary approach to pediatric heart surgery brings together our specialists in cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, anesthesiology, cardiac critical care and other areas to create a complete care plan tailored for your child.
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