Pulmonary hypertension in children
Resources for your family
Symptoms of pulmonary hypertension in children include:
Diagnosing pulmonary hypertension
Doctors usually diagnose pulmonary hypertension with a thorough ultrasound examination of the heart. In some cases, a cardiac catheterization allows the care team to better evaluate the pressures inside the heart.
Medications that relax the blood vessels going into the lungs can help the right side of the heart pump blood more effectively. These can be taken by mouth, or in some cases, given by infusion through an IV.
Supplemental oxygen, inhalers and steroid medications can also help your child with breathing.
Your designated care team
Whether you first connect with the pulmonary hypertension team when your child is in the hospital or at our outpatient clinic, you will continue to work with the same team going forward. You can reach your team by phone or via the MyChildrensMercy Patient Portal in between visits. In addition, our Child Life, psychologists, social workers, and chaplains are available to provide support to your family whenever you need it.