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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, MRI, and CT
  • Supervised treatment including medications (and sometimes FDA-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 physicians, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, exercise therapists, social workers, and others.

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