Pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure in the blood vessels of the lungs and the right side of the heart. The Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Riley Children’s Health is the first and only program in Indiana that provides expert care for children with pulmonary hypertension as a primary diagnosis or as a result of heart or lung disease.
As a PHA-accredited Pulmonary Hypertension Center of Comprehensive Care, patients at Riley Children’s receive exceptional care through a fully integrated partnership between the divisions of pediatric pulmonology and pediatric cardiology. Recognized for our commitment to provide a better approach to the life-threatening pulmonary hypertension disease, our team will collaborate to discuss each patient in detail, creating the most effective and diagnostic treatment plan for your child.
Pulmonary hypertension, a chronic condition, narrows and stiffens the artery walls of the lungs, which makes the right side of the heart work harder. The extra stress enlarges the heart, making it less flexible and decreasing its ability to pump blood to the rest of the body.
In the Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Riley Children's, our multidisciplinary team will evaluate your child’s unique cardiopulmonary physiology. Our dedicated nurse coordinator will meet and interview your family at your first appointment, help with scheduling, provide educational materials and coordinate care if your child is in the hospital.
After a thorough evaluation, we will work with your child’s primary care doctor to develop a personalized treatment plan and follow-up program that meet your child’s specific needs. Depending on your child’s condition, cardiovascular surgery may also be necessary to repair congenital heart conditions.
Although there is no cure for pulmonary hypertension, our team can manage your child’s condition through adolescence and early adulthood using oral, inhaled, intravenous or subcutaneous medicines. We also help with the transition from pediatric care to adult care with providers at Indiana University Health who specialize in adult pulmonary hypertension.
Conditions & Services
Below is more information about some, but not all, of the childhood conditions that may cause pulmonary hypertension.
We offer a number of different Pulmonary Hypertension services. Below are some, but not all, of the services that we provide. If you have a question about a specific service that is not listed here, please contact our program.
Our pulmonary doctors provide expert family-centered care. Learn about the skills and specialties of our pediatric pulmonologists.
In addition to our primary hospital location at the Academic Health Center in Indianapolis, IN, we have convenient locations to better serve our communities throughout the state.
Program Forms & Resources
Program Forms & Resources
The Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Riley at IU Health provides the following forms for parents, healthcare providers and personnel. We have also curated relevant resources from other websites and provided links with brief descriptions of the information that is available.
We provide multispecialty care for a number of conditions. Below are links to our related departments.
The Riley Children's Health Pulmonary Hypertension Program earns a PHA-Accreditation. It is one of only a select handful in the nation to receive the honor.Continue reading
For Health Professionals
The pediatric pulmonologists at Riley at IU Health work with you to provide advanced diagnosis and treatment for your patients. You can refer a patient and learn about our pulmonary research and education programs.
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Riley at IU Health works with referring physicians in Indiana and beyond.Refer A Patient
Visit the Section of Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy and Sleep Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine for information about the latest research in the field of pulmonology.
As faculty members of the Indiana University School of Medicine, we help train the next generation of pediatric pulmonologists. Our Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship Program and Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program provide post-residency training in an atmosphere of mentorship and collaboration.