Once your doctor analyzes your symptoms and clinical history, they will perform a physical examination and a series of tests that include blood tests, x-rays, electrocardiogram, cardiac ultrasound, right cardiac catheterization, computed tomography, MRI, and pulmonary function test, among others.
As it is a chronic condition, it cannot be cured, so treatment focuses on controlling symptoms, slowing down its evolution, and, as far as possible, avoiding possible complications. If there is any underlying disease that is the direct cause of pulmonary hypertension, this will be treated simultaneously.
The drugs used to treat this condition vary, but the most common are vasodilators, diuretics, guanylate cyclase stimulators, endothelin receptor antagonists, anticoagulants, erectile dysfunction drugs such as sildenafil and tadalafil, which help dilate the pulmonary arteries; and calcium channel blockers.
When pharmacological treatment does not work, the option is a surgery called atrial septostomy, in which through a cut in the atria the pressure in the right ventricle is reduced. In extreme cases, where medications and surgery don’t work, heart and lung transplants will be necessary.
At the Cardiovascular Center, we offer you a wide range of prevention, diagnosis, timely treatment, and follow-up services to take care of you through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary care model. Come to us, we want to hear your heart.