Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
- 62 Tilley Drive
South Burlington, VT 05403
- Phone: 802-847-4600
- Fax: 802-847-2533
- Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM
Pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure in the blood vessels of the lung. It is often a debilitating and progressive disorder that causes shortness of breath, heart failure, and premature death.
Pulmonary hypertension can be primary (unknown cause) or secondary to a variety of disorders such as:
- thromboembolic disease,
- valvular heart disease,
- lung disease,
- collagen vascular diseases such as scleroderma or lupus,
- sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea and pulmonary vasculitis
- congenital heart disease
Diagnosis and Treatment
Fletcher Allen is committed to the comprehensive evaluation and care of adults with primary and secondary pulmonary hypertension. Here, we identify the cause of the pulmonary hypertension, and treat reversible disorders.
A wide range of diagnostic modalities are available. Patients with severe pulmonary hypertension may require specialized treatment including intravenous Flolan, subcutaneous Remodulin, or oral Tracleer. We have considerable experience with these treatments, utilizing them for our patients when appropriate.