Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension

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While rare, pediatric pulmonary hypertension can be serious. This high blood pressure in your child’s heart and lungs weighs on you, too. Don’t carry this burden alone.

At UVA, we have the largest pediatric pulmonary hypertension clinic in Virginia. You can trust your child’s care to a dedicated team.

Treating Pulmonary Hypertension in Children  

We treat primary and secondary pulmonary hypertension. 

Our team can offer a range of treatments. We can:

  • Address the cause of high blood pressure in the lungs
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Prevent blood clots
  • Expand blood vessels in the lungs

Specialized treatments include:

  • Nitrous oxide
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Lung transplant, in severe cases

Heart Care Program at UVA

U.S. News and World Report ranks UVA Children’s in their 2020-2021 Best Children’s Hospitals guide for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery.

Our experienced team offers:

  • In-home care for children with complex medical issues
  • A genetics clinic to identify inherited risk
  • Strong communication with your referring doctor
  • Easy transition to adult care, when needed

Does Your Child Have Pulmonary Hypertension?

Many conditions cause pediatric pulmonary hypertension. They include:

  • Birth defects of the heart, like septal defects or leaky heart valves
  • Chest wall deformity
  • Conditions like scleroderma, sickle cell disease, lupus, or HIV
  • Heart or lung disease
  • Blood clots in the lungs
  • Genetics

Look for:

  • Increased shortness of breath
  • Blue coloring of skin around mouth, hands, or feet
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Fast heart rate
  • Chronic cough
  • Fatigue
  • Fainting, lightheadedness
  • Ankle or leg swelling

Diagnosing Heart and Lung Problems in Children

These tests check your child’s heart and lungs:

  • Chest X-ray
  • CT scan
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Echocardiogram
  • Pulmonary function test

Our pediatric imaging team tailors these tests to children. They make the experience safe and comfortable.