Heart and Blood Conditions

Pulmonary Hypertension Treatment

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    • For appointments in Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Federal Way, Olympia, Tri-Cities and Wenatchee, call 206-987-2515.
    • For appointments in Tacoma and Silverdale, call 253-272-1812.
    • For appointments in Alaska, call 907-339-1945.

    If this is a medical emergency, call 911.

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  • Locations +

    • Seattle Children's Main Campus: 206-987-2515
    • Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center: 425-454-4644
    • Everett: 425-304-6080
    • South Clinic in Federal Way: 253-838-5878
    • Olympia: 360-459-5009
    • South Sound Cardiology Clinics: 253-272-1812
    • Tri-Cities (Richland): 509-946-0976
    • Wenatchee: 509-662-9266
    • Pediatric Cardiology of Alaska: 907-339-1945
    • Seattle Children's doctors provide many cardiac services at regional sites throughout the Pacific Northwest. See our complete list of Heart Center locations.

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    • If you are a provider, fax a New Appointment Request Form (NARF) (PDF) (DOC) to 206-985-3121 or 866-985-3121 (toll-free).
    • No pre-referral work-up is required for most conditions. If you have already done testing such as an EKG, Holter monitor or echocardiogram, please fax this information as well as relevant clinic notes and the NARF to 206-985-3121 or 866-985-3121 (toll-free).
    • Your patient will be seen as quickly as possible by the provider who is the best match for managing the current problem.
    • View our complete Heart Center Referral Information (PDF).

There is no cure for pulmonary hypertension. However, many treatments can help with some of the symptoms and slow the progress of the disease. Children tend to do better if they get treatment as soon as possible.

Pulmonary Hypertension Treatment Options

Your child may need oxygen therapy to treat their pulmonary hypertension. This means breathing air that has more oxygen than normal through tubes that go into their nose or through a mask that goes over their nose and mouth. This treatment helps open up the blood vessels in their lungs.

Some children need to take medicines to relax the muscles in the walls of the blood vessels in their lungs or medicines that help the heart pump better. This treatment depends on how serious their condition is. Some children need to take medicine by mouth. Some need to take inhaled medicines. Some children need constant medicine through a tube inserted into their vein. This is called infusion therapy, and it uses a pump to give the medicine.

Children who have pulmonary hypertension due to a congenital heart defect may need surgery to repair the defect.

Read more about the care we provide at Seattle Children's Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic.

New Treatments for Pulmonary Hypertension

Many new treatments are being developed to help treat pulmonary hypertension, including new oral (by mouth) and inhaled therapies. These developments are exciting, but they also need to be used carefully. Our Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic works to improve care for children with this condition and to research new treatments.

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program

To meet your child's long-term healthcare needs, we have a special Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program to transition your child to adult care when they're ready.

Contact Us

Contact the Heart Center at 206-987-2015 for a cardiac referral, a second opinion or more information.