The Pulmonary Hypertension Comprehensive Care Center
The Mission: Comprehensive Clinical Care, Research, Education and a search for Curative Therapies
The Pulmonary Hypertension Center at Columbia University Medical Center, serving NewYork-Presbyterian and NYP-Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, is one of the largest in the world. Established over 25 years ago, the Center is committed to the treatment of both adults and children with pulmonary hypertension. With our commitment to providing all aspects of care to all patients with pulmonary hypertension, we have joined expert medical and surgical teams from pediatrics and adult medicine to create The Pulmonary Hypertension Comprehensive Care Center of Columbia University-NYP.
Pulmonary hypertension is a rare and serious disease which can occur at any age and affects the smallest blood vessels in the lungs leading to right heart failure if left untreated. While there have been many advances in the treatment of pulmonary hypertension over the past two decades, there is still no cure aside from lung transplantation. At The Pulmonary Hypertension Comprehensive Care Center of Columbia University-NYP, we treat all forms of pulmonary hypertension including idiopathic (primary) pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary hypertension associated with a variety of conditions:
- genetic (familial/inherited)
- HHT (hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia)
- congenital heart disease
- Lupus, scleroderma and other connective tissue diseases
- chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension — CTEPH (including surgery for clot removal)
- chronic lung disease and advanced lung failure
- HIV disease
- pulmonary hypertension of the newborn
- sickle cell disease
- toxin (methamphetamines) exposure
Patients and their families who are facing this challenging condition can be assured of receiving state-of-the-art care at The Pulmonary Hypertension Comprehensive Care Center of Columbia University-NYP. Patients with signs or symptoms of pulmonary hypertension (PH) will undergo an extensive evaluation by our team of experts. The initial visit involves a series of diagnostic tests to confirm the diagnosis, assess disease severity, and rule out other secondary causes. Most patients then require a cardiac catheterization with acute vasodilator testing by the specialized PH team to formulate an individualized treatment plan.
At the Pulmonary Hypertension Comprehensive Care Center of Columbia University Medical Center, we remain focused on our ultimate mission to find a cure for pulmonary arterial hypertension and are committed to providing comprehensive care to adults and children facing pulmonary hypertension. Based on our years of experience in the field, we believe that patients with symptoms suggestive of pulmonary hypertension require a thorough evaluation at a specialized Pulmonary Hypertension Center where a comprehensive evaluation and medical and surgical options for all aspects of their disease can be provided.