Pulmonary Hypertension Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a condition characterized by high blood pressure occurring within the arteries that connect the heart to the lungs. This serious condition makes is more difficult for the heart to pump blood through the lungs, with symptoms that include progressive shortness of breath, palpitations, lightheadedness and generalized weakness. It can cause normal activities such as walking or climbing stairs very difficult to perform. Connection with Rheumatologic Disease Pulmonary hypertension can occur by itself or may be related to different rheumatologic conditions, most importantly scleroderma, lupus, and mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD). Our rheumatologists routinely partner with the team of physicians and allied health professionals of the Pulmonary Hypertension Program, including cardiologists and pulmonologists, to help detect rheumatologic disorders in patients presenting with PAH, and to help treat and monitor patients who have PAH related to a rheumatologic disorder.
The Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Mount Sinai Medical Center is a comprehensive program that provides both diagnostic and treatment services for patients with PAH. Clinical services include:
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please call the Pulmonary Hypertension Program at 305-674-2690.Next: New Patients