Pulmonary Hypertension Program
Fortunately, there is a lot of good news to share about pulmonary hypertension, a condition in which blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs (the pulmonary arteries) is abnormally high. A little more than a decade ago, doctors’ understanding of this condition was crude, and effective therapy was more of a hope than a reality. But thanks to advances in basic science and clinical research, much better therapies have been developed, and nearly every year brings new treatments for this disorder.
The Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Children’s Hospital Boston is one of the leading pulmonary hypertension programs in the United States.
Our services and expertise
Our program provides comprehensive diagnosis and individualized treatment plans for children and adults with pulmonary hypertension (PH).
Managing pulmonary hypertension requires the combined expertise of many specialists. Our team includes cardiologists, radiologists and pulmonologists who are experts in PH, as well as specially trained nurses who provide helpful assistance and support for families. With particularly difficult cases, we do not hesitate to consult with experts at other hospitals. Our goal is to provide the best care possible to our patients.
Advancing our understanding of PH
Researchers at Children's are studying how to prevent and treat pulmonary hypertension. We have participated in prospective trials of inhaled nitric oxide, sildenafil, bosentan and ambrisentan. Current therapeutic trials include evaluation of a new, more efficient way of delivering inhaled iloprost, and a study of the long-term effects of sildenafil and ambrisentan.