Medical Services

Pulmonary Hypertension

Mercy’s Pulmonary Hypertension Program is designed to help patients enjoy a better quality of life and better prognosis. The program can also help shorten hospital stays and sometimes even prevent hospitalization.

The program provides:

  • Prompt diagnosis and comprehensive evaluation using advanced testing and imaging including vasodilator testing, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and CT
  • Supervised treatment including medications (and sometimes U.S. Food and Drug Administration -sponsored clinical trials) and individual education. Treatments offered include: endothelin receptor antagonists (bosentan, Tracleer); sildenafil (Viagra, Revatio); prostacyclins, either inhaled (iloprost, Ventavis), subcutaneous (Remodulin), or IV (Flolan, Remodulin).
  • Closely monitored follow-up by members of Mercy’s Pulmonary Hypertension team

Treating pulmonary hypertension team requires a well-coordinated and experience team drawn from several different disciplines. Collectively Mercy's team has more than 35 years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of PH. The team includes: doctors, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, exercise therapists, social workers, and others.

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