Part of Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute, the Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic provides comprehensive diagnostic and long-term treatment and follow-up for patients with pulmonary hypertension. In addition, our clinic has has particular interest in infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernias (CDH) with resulting pulmonary hypertension. We provide both inpatient and outpatient consultation and follow-up care.

About Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension results from increased resistance to blood flow through the pulmonary vasculature (due to progressive muscular thickening and fibrosis of the blood vessels in the lungs). The disorder is chronic and has often progressed to a late stage by the time it is accurately diagnosed.

Commonly mistaken for asthma, this disease forces the heart’s right ventricle to work harder, causing it to enlarge, thicken and experience an elevation in pressure. In the early stages, the changes in the blood vessels may be reversible, but do become permanent later. If this pressure is not relieved, right ventricular failure, arrhythmias and even death may result.

Read more about Pulmonary Hypertension in the Heart Encyclopedia.

Our Expertise

The Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic provides comprehensive diagnostic and long-term treatment and follow-up for patients with pulmonary hypertension. Russel Hirsch, MD, the clinic's director, has expertise in performing cardiac catheterizations. Dr. Hirsch is also the director of the Heart Institute’s Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and performs all cardiac catheterizations in this population.

Our comprehensive multi-disciplinary team comprises dedicated physicians, nursing staff, pharmacists, dietitians, social workers and genetic counselors. We work closely with other programs at Cincinnati Children’s in an integrated manner to bring the best care possible to our patients whose disease process may be complicated by pulmonary hypertension. These include newborn medicine, pulmonary, liver service and Hemangioma / Vascular Malformation teams, among others.

Pulmonary Hypertension Comprehensive Care Center

We are proud to be one of eight pediatric centers in the nation to earn accreditation from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) as a Pulmonary Hypertension Accredited Comprehensive Care Center.

PHA established the Pulmonary Hypertension Care Center (PHCC) Program to identify centers with expertise in pulmonary hypertension that have demonstrated an ability to properly diagnose the disease and have the capability to manage these complex patients. The PHA PHCC Accreditation Program is a critical landmark, as patients now have a means to find high-quality pulmonary hypertension programs throughout the U.S.

As a PHCC, we participate in the PHA Registry (PHAR), a multi-center, prospective, observational registry of newly evaluated patients diagnosed at accredited U.S. centers with either pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) or chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH).