Paul F. Harron, Jr. Lung Center

Pulmonary Vascular Disease

Overview

The Penn Lung Center's Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program is one of the first and largest pulmonary vascular programs in the U.S. Penn's physicians and nurse practitioners have extensive experience in diagnosing, evaluating and treating pulmonary vascular disease.

Pulmonary vascular diseases affect blood circulation in the lungs, and in more severe cases, the rest of the body. These diseases can cause severe breathlessness and limit a patient's ability to live an active life.

Pulmonary vascular disorders include:

  • Pulmonary arterial hypertension
  • Pulmonary hypertension (associated with lung disease and/or hypoxemia)
  • Pulmonary venous hypertension (associated with congestive heart failure or valvular disease)
  • Acute and chronic thromboembolic disease
  • Hepatopulmonary syndrome

Pulmonary vascular disease can be severe and difficult to treat. Treatment often includes leading-edge medical treatments and in some cases, advanced surgical therapies such as lung transplant. The Penn Lung Center's multidisciplinary team works together to offer patients individualized treatment and personalized care.