Pulmonary Hypertension: Tests and Diagnosis

How is pulmonary hypertension diagnosed?

If your doctor suspects that your child has pulmonary hypertension, he or she will likely order more tests to confirm the diagnosis. Common tests include:

  • Blood tests
  • Chest x-ray
  • EKG
  • ECHO
  • Exercise or stress test
  • Diagnostic cardiac catheterization
  • Lung CT scan
  • Abdominal ultrasound
  • Polysomnogram (a sleep study)
  • Ventilation/perfusion scan
  • Modified barium swallow study (aspiration study)
  • pH/impedence study (reflux study)

Helpful resources:

To learn more about pulmonary hypertension, visit the following websites:

Pulmonary Hypertension Association
The American Heart Association
The U.S. Library of Medicine