Pulmonary Hypertension | Diagnosis & Tests


How does my doctor know that I have pulmonary hypertension?

Signs of pulmonary hypertension can be similar to the signs of many other health problems. This makes it hard to diagnose. Your doctor will probably run some tests to estimate the blood pressure in your pulmonary arteries and find out how well your heart and lungs are working. These tests may include a chest X-ray, a breathing test called a pulmonary function test and an echocardiogram (sometimes called an "echo"). Your doctor may also need to do other tests to find out whether another medical condition is causing your pulmonary hypertension.


Diagnosis and Treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension by TD Nauser, MD; SW Stites, MD (American Family Physician May 01, 2001, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20010501/1789.html)

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Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 05/01