Pulmonary Hypertension - Services and Treatments

Pulmonary hypertension is a serious illness that becomes worse with time and is sometimes fatal. Although pulmonary hypertension is not, for the most part, curable, The Montefiore Einstein Pulmonary Hypertension Program offers a number of state-of the art, proven and extremely personalized treatment plans that help to lesson symptoms, improve your quality of life and ability to function with ease.

We provide the following services:

  • In-depth analysis, diagnosis and management for all forms of PH
  • Inpatient transfer and outpatient management of individuals with pulmonary hypertension.
  • Nutritional/dietary counseling, as well as telephone follow-up by a Nurse Practitioners trained in management of patients with PH.
  • Specialized cardiac catheterization to diagnose PH and gauge response to treatment (performed by catheterization colleagues).
  • We also provide services at CHAM for Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension.
  • Multi-center clinical trials, as well as ongoing other original research, that will give you access to the most cutting-edge treatments currently available.
  • Referral for end-of-life management and palliative care for patients with unresponsive symptoms and limited life expectancy.

Expert, Comprehensive Diagnosis

The Montefiore Einstein Pulmonary Hypertension Program is able to offer all the needed and appropriate diagnostic testing for patients referred for pulmonary hypertension. These may include:

  • Special blood tests
  • ECG
  • Echocardiograms
  • Cardiac MRI or CTA
  • Cardiopulmonary stress testing (to distinguish cardiac vs. pulmonary shortness of breath)
  • Nuclear lung scan to assess for clots (V/Q scan)
  • Breathing test (PFTs)
  • Sleep studies
  • High resolution chest CT of the lungs
  • Cardiac catheterization with vasodilator testing as the definitive gold standard and the means of differentiating multifactorial disease.

Helping You Live With Pulmonary Hypertension

We will work closely with you to manage your symptoms, slow the progress of the disease and do all that we can to ensure your ongoing health and comfort.

It’s vital that you follow your treatment plan as your doctor advises and let us know if your symptoms worsen or change in any way. The earlier that any symptoms are addressed, the easier it is to treat them.

We understand that living with PH may cause fear, anxiety, depression and stress. You may worry about your medical condition, treatment, finances and other issues. So please talk to us about how you feel. In addition, communicate with your loved ones about your state of mind and how they can help you.