Pulmonary Hypertension
Pulmonary Hypertension

Respiratory Institute

Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic

  • Overview
  • Diagnosis & Treatment
  • Meet Our Team

Diagnosis & Treatment

Diagnosis of Pulmonary Hypertension

The first visit typically consists of a physical exam. The examination is later followed by a series of diagnostic tests designed to assess the severity of the condition.

These tests may include:

  • Echocardiogram: A test that uses sound waves to reveal the size, shape, and functioning of the heart.
  • Pulmonary function tests: A range of tests used to measure how well the lungs breathe in and out, and how efficiently the lungs provide oxygen to the blood.
  • CT scan: A scan that provides detailed pictures of the lungs and the inside of the chest.
  • Ventilation/perfusion lung scan (VQ): An imaging test that evaluates how well air and blood circulate within the lungs.
  • Cardiac MRI: A scan that uses radio waves and magnets to provide images of the heart.
  • Right heart catheterization: A test in which a catheter is placed in the heart and the pulmonary artery, and is used to observe blood flow and blood pressure from inside the lungs and heart.

Treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension

Once a diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension is confirmed, the physician develops a personalized treatment plan for the patient.

The main treatment option is medical therapy. As this treatment requires expertise in the management of medication and side effects, regular follow-up consultations are necessary to monitor the patient’s response to therapy, as well as to adjust treatment according to the patient’s needs.

The pulmonary hypertension clinic collaborates closely with the Heart & Vascular Institute, as well as other specialists, to provide the best treatment plan.

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Meet Our Team

Diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary hypertension requires a multidisciplinary team approach, which helps ensure quality patient care.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi's Pulmonary Hypertension Program, the team includes:

  • Pulmonologists
  • Cardiologists
  • Rheumatologists
  • Radiologists
  • Specialized nurses.
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