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Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension results when the blood vessels carrying blood to the lungs become narrow, reducing flow capacity and starving the lungs of oxygen. This condition, which may stem from another illness or have an unknown cause, is almost always permanent. However, treatment can improve symptoms and long-term outcomes.

Symptoms of pulmonary hypertension, may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling in the legs, ankles and abdomen

Diagnosis

In its early stages, pulmonary hypertension is difficult to recognize on routine exams. To find out if you have pulmonary hypertension, your doctor may do a test called an echocardiogram, which is an ultrasound of the heart. Other tests used at the Atlantic Health System Pulmonary Center to evaluate pulmonary hypertension are:

  • EKG
  • Pulmonary function test
  • Right heart catheterization
  • Six-minute walk test

Treatment

If the cause of the pulmonary hypertension is known, treating the cause is the first step. Although it is not curable, pulmonary hypertension can be treated by several different therapies and medications, which will help lessen symptoms and improve quality of life.

Diagnostic and treatment services for pulmonary hypertension are available at Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center and Newton Medical Center.

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Morristown Medical Center

100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
973-971-5000

Overlook Medical Center

99 Beauvoir Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
908-522-2000

Newton Medical Center

175 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
973-383-2121

Chilton Medical Center

97 West Parkway
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
973-831-5000

Hackettstown Medical Center

651 Willow Grove Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
908-852-5100

Goryeb Children's Hospital

100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
973-971-5000

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