Pulmonary Hypertension Treatment

In 2018, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association designated UVA's Pulmonary Hypertension Center as a Center of Comprehensive Care.  We offer a full range of treatments and diagnoses related to the management of pulmonary hypertension. 

We're a designated Center of Comprehensive Care for Pulmonary Hypertension. We offer:

  • A cohesive team comprised of dedicated cardiologists and pulmonologists 
  • Collaborative relationships with other specialists, including rheumatologists, genetic counselors, and infectious disease and palliative care specialists 
  • State of the art treatment, including lung transplantation 
  • Opportunities to participate in research trials 

Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension occurs when your blood pressure in the lungs are too high. This leads to pressure in the heart and serious complications. View pulmonary hypertension transcript.

Causes of Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension develops when the blood pressure (pressure within the blood vessels) in the lungs grows too high. Over time, this pressure causes the right side of the heart to fail. Symptoms of PH can include shortness of breath, chest pain or tightness, abdominal distention, swelling of the legs, lightheadedness, and syncope (passing out). 

PH can develop from underlying issues, such as: 

  • Sarcoidosis 
  • Connective tissue disorders
  • Portal hypertension
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Drug or toxin-induced hypertension
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Liver disease
  • Portal hypertension
  • Inherited diseases or other disease processes

Treating Pulmonary Hypertension

At UVA, we tailor your treatment plan to the cause of your disease and its severity. If medications and lifestyle changes aren’t enough, we may recommend considering a lung transplant to improve your quality of life. 

As pulmonary hypertension is a chronic disease, most patients will have a lifetime relationship with their healthcare team. 

Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension

UVA Health is one of the only centers in the U.S. with the expertise and experience needed to diagnose a rare form of pulmonary hypertension called chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). We're also one of the few hospitals to offer a surgery to fix it, pulmonary thromboendarterectomy. 

Learn more about CTEPH treatment.