There is no cure for pulmonary hypertension. There are many treatments that can relieve some of the symptoms and slow the progress of the disease. Children tend to do better if they get treatment early on.
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 nostrils or a mask that goes over their nose and mouth. This 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. The regimen depends on how severe their condition is. Some children need oral medicines. Some need to take inhaled medicines. Some need continuous infusion therapy, in which a pump delivers medicine all the time through a line that goes into their vein.
Children who have pulmonary hypertension due to a congenital heart defect may need surgery to correct the defect.
Read more about the care we provide at Children's Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic.
New Treatments for Pulmonary Hypertension
Many new treatments are being developed for pulmonary hypertension, including new oral 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 pulmonary hypertension 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.