Heart and Vascular Health

Specialists for high blood pressure in the lungs

In Indianapolis, Indiana, Ascension St. Vincent heart care specialists treat high blood pressure affecting the heart and lungs.

Pulmonary hypertension program

To schedule an appointment at our accredited Pulmonary Hypertension program, please call 317-338-6242.

St. Vincent Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic is now the first accredited program by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s (PHA’s) for Pulmonary Hypertension Care Centers(PHCC). PHCC accreditation is awarded to programs that demonstrate a dedication to making a proper diagnosis, and the capacity to appropriately and comprehensively manage PH patients.

The pulmonary hypertension (PH) program at Ascension St. Vincent in Indianapolis has been designated a Regional Clinical Program, a designation of the Pulmonary Hypertension Care Centers (PHCC) accreditation program. Ascension St. Vincent earned the distinction by demonstrating a commitment to provide expert-level care based on published evidence-based guidelines.

Pulmonary Hypertension (PH), also known as high blood pressure of the lungs, affects children and adults of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. It can result from the arteries in the lungs becoming damaged, narrowed or stiffened, forcing the right side of the heart to pump extra hard and causing your heart muscle to weaken and fail. Symptoms of PH are non-specific — they include shortness of breath, fatigue and chest pain. People with the PH can go months, even years, believing they have less life-threatening illnesses, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is a complex and often misunderstood disease.

What are the signs and symptoms?

  • Shortness of breath, when exercising and eventually at rest
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Chest pressure or pain
  • Swelling in ankles, legs and possibly in abdomen
  • Bluish color to lips and skin
  • Racing pulse or heart palpitations

Your primary care doctor or cardiologist may refer you to a pulmonary hypertension sub-specialist at the St. Vincent Heart Center.  Our pulmonary hypertension sub-specialists can help initiate and manage your therapy if you live nearby or help coordinate your care near your home if you live far away.

St. Vincent Heart Center frequently has opportunities to enroll appropriate patients into clinical trials for innovative approaches to the treatment of pulmonary hypertension at our St. Vincent Cardiovascular Research Institute.

To schedule an appointment at our accredited Pulmonary Hypertension program, please call 317-338-6242.

To schedule an appointment at our accredited Pulmonary Hypertension program, please call 317-338-6242.

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