Hypertension Treatment

Pulmonary Hypertension Specialist

Pulmonary hypertension may be described as a condition in which the blood pressure in the pulmonary artery rises above normal levels. As a result of this, the heart is strained to work harder in order to pump blood to the various parts of the body. In severe cases, some times the heart may even collapse under the resultant strain.

Pulmonary hypertension is often a difficult condition to diagnose, because its symptoms are similar to other conditions, which commonly affect the heart and the lungs. As a consequence, it may often remain unidentified till its later stages.

As it can often be fatal, it is important that it be diagnosed and treated in time. In order to ensure this, it becomes essential to consult a pulmonary hypertension specialist. Timely diagnosis and effectual treatment can go a long way to improve longevity, health and happiness of the affected lives.

As  its symptoms can usually be confused with other conditions, only a trained pulmonary hypertension specialist should conduct an assessment of this condition. Many countries such as UK and US have specialized medical centers devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of this condition.

Such medical centers include many experienced pulmonary hypertension specialist doctors, such as pulmonologists, cardiologists, general surgeons and transplant surgeons, who are committed to the diagnosis, cure, and follow-up care of people with pulmonary hypertension. Many times, many primary care physicians may also refer names of doctors who specialize in treating pulmonary hypertension.

A pulmonary hypertension specialist evaluates the patient’s history and carries out a  physical examination. The doctor, will pay special attention to the heart and the lungs and will check for abnormal heart sounds and inflated veins in the patient’s neck. Unusual heart sounds and bloated veins in the neck may be indicative of pulmonary hypertension.

Blood samples of the patient’s blood are also taken to examine the blood count and assess the working of the kidneys and liver. Several other medical tests are also conducted in order to strike out other medical disorders or diseases. Based on the test reports, appropriate medication and treatment is administered.

Even after pulmonary hypertension has been cured, the patients need to regularly visit their specialist to ensure that all remains well.

Since all doctors may not be able to correctly diagnose this condition, and many generalist physicians have little information and experience in dealing with such cases, it becomes imperative to consult a pulmonary hypertension specialist, who can provide the right assistance and advice.