Heart and Blood Conditions
Pulmonary Hypertension Treatment
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 the Heart Center at 206-987-2015 for a cardiac referral, a second opinion or more information.