How is pulmonary hypertension treated?
There are many treatment options for kids and young adults with pulmonary hypertension (PH). If the PH is associated with another condition, it is important to first treat the underlying cause such as repair of congenital heart defects or treatment of lung disease.
PH is a disease that can progress over time, especially if not properly diagnosed, monitored and treated. Symptoms and severity of the disease vary among children with PH.
The goal of treatment is to decrease the high blood pressure in the lungs, by relaxing the blood vessels. This improves symptoms and quality of life. Treatment for PH may include oxygen or medicines that are taken by mouth, inhaled or injected.
The Breathing Institute participates in various clinical trials. Please reach out to our program to get more information.
Living with pediatric PH
There is currently no cure for many forms of PH. However, having a specialist with experience in treating PH monitor your child's pulmonary pressures and response to medications can help greatly improve their quality of life.
Why choose us for treatment of pulmonary hypertension?
The Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Children's Colorado has been treating children with PH since 1995. We provide comprehensive care for your child, with a multidisciplinary team approach. Our multidisciplinary team includes leading experts in cardiology and pulmonology, along with nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists, child life therapists, palliative care and psychologists. We currently manage more than 200 patients with severe pulmonary hypertension. Our program offers state-of-the-art diagnosis, consultation and long-term follow-up care for kids with pulmonary hypertension.
The Pulmonary Hypertension Association recognizes our program as an accredited comprehensive care center, one of only eight pediatric programs in the U.S. This designation recognizes our excellence in clinical care and adherence to evidence-based guidelines.