Pulmonary hypertension (often referred to as “PH”) is a type of high blood pressure in the lung vessels. This condition affects the arteries in the lungs and right side of the heart, making it harder for your heart to pump oxygen-rich blood.
The most common symptoms of pulmonary hypertension include:
There are several different types of PH. Some are more serious and can become life threatening. For all pulmonary hypertension patients, early diagnosis and treatment by expert cardiologists can significantly help improve symptoms and quality of life, as well as reduce the risk of future cardiovascular problems.
The cardiologists at Weill Cornell Medicine Pulmonary Hypertension Service at the Perkin Center for Heart failure specialize in diagnosing PH, as well as creating effective treatment plans tailored to each patient’s specific needs.
Diagnosis: Patients with suspected pulmonary hypertension will receive a variety of tests to correctly diagnose the condition. Our cardiologists use the most advanced imaging and diagnostic technology available.
Our team specializes in cardiac catheterization—the definitive gold standard for diagnosing this complex disease.
Treatments: At the Pulmonary Hypertension Service, we create multidisciplinary treatment plans that help each patient achieve their unique needs. Treatment options include:
Our team also treats any related conditions—such as sleep apnea, interstitial lung disease, and lupus—and collaborates with other specialists at Weill Cornell Medicine as necessary.
Team approach: The early diagnosis, treatment, and long-term care of patients with pulmonary hypertension require a team approach with physicians, nurse practitioners, dieticians, physical therapists and social workers. This collaborative approach maximizes our patients’ long-term wellbeing.
The Perkin Center for Heart Failure, Mechanical Circulatory Support, and Pulmonary Vascular Disease at Weill Cornell Cardiology offers:
To make an appointment to see one of our physicians with expertise in pulmonary hypertension, you may:
Our staff is here to help coordinate your care. To facilitate a comprehensive review of your history, you and/or your referring physician will be asked to fax all relevant medical records to 212-746-6665 prior to scheduling an appointment with one of our physicians.
Evelyn M. Horn, M.D.
|Professor of Clinical Medicine, Director, Perkin Heart Failure Center
Maria Karas, M.D.
|Assistant Professor of Medicine , Director Cardiac Care Unit
Udhay Krishnan, M.D.
|Assistant Professor of Medicine
Irina Sobol, M.D.
|Assistant Professor of Medicine, Director Advanced Heart Failure Fellowship Program