Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic
The staff in the Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic at Mayo Clinic provides skilled diagnosis and individual treatment plans to patients with pulmonary hypertension. Mayo Clinic is a leader among medical centers in the world in the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary hypertension.
Pulmonary hypertension is a serious disease, which can become progressively worse, even fatal, if not properly treated. It is vitally important for affected patients to get appropriate care to treat their symptoms and prolong their lives.
Pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the heart and lungs) can develop on its own or can stem from diseases and chronic conditions, including:
- Connective tissue disease (lupus, scleroderma)
- Liver disease that causes cirrhosis
- Congenital heart disease
- Blood clots in the lungs
- Exposure to toxic compounds, such as Fen-Phen
- Heart failure
Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic team
The Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic staff has extensive experience in clinical research and treatment of pulmonary hypertension. Several physicians in the Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic participate in the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, a leading patient and professional organization for disease advocacy, research and education.
A patient's care at Mayo Clinic is coordinated by a team of physicians and nurses. Mayo physicians seek second opinions from their Mayo colleagues when determining the most appropriate treatment for a patient. When care for an associated condition is necessary, physicians collaborate with physicians from other specialties within Mayo to ensure cohesive high-quality care.
Both the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary hypertension are complicated processes. Physicians and nurses in the Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic work together as the patient's first line of defense against complications.
After a diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension is made, a physician works with the nursing staff and patient to formulate a treatment plan. This plan may involve complex medical therapies such as medications delivered through continuous intravenous (IV) infusion, inhaled medications and medications administered orally. Ongoing assessment of the response to treatment and the possible need for treatment adjustment are an integral part of the patient care plan.
A nurse provides comprehensive education about medication management and what to do if a complication develops. The staff in the clinic provides thorough follow-up care. A staff physician is available on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide support and direction to patients. Nurses and physicians provide ongoing consultation to patients regarding medications and psychosocial issues, direction for ongoing treatment and information about research opportunities. The clinic staff also partners with primary or local physicians for continuing care.
Tradition of innovative clinical research
Mayo Clinic is a world leader in new research in pulmonary hypertension treatment. Historically, Mayo Clinic has been involved in clinical studies that have led to most of the currently approved medications for pulmonary hypertension, and that tradition continues today. For patients, the research tradition means in-depth expertise from the physicians studying these new treatments.
The clinic also is involved in multiple clinical trials for what may become tomorrow's breakthrough medications. Patients have ongoing access to clinical trials and new research in possible treatments for pulmonary hypertension. Learn more about pulmonary hypertension research at Mayo Clinic.
To schedule an appointment with the Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic, please call 507-284-3994. If you have questions or would like more information about the services offered at the clinic, please call 507-284-1792.