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High blood pressure in the arteries that supply the lungs is called pulmonary hypertension (PHT). The blood vessels that supply the lungs constrict and their walls thicken, so they can't carry as much blood. The heart works harder, trying to force the blood through. If the pressure is high enough, eventually the heart can't keep up, and less blood can circulate through the lungs to pick up oxygen. Patients then become tired, dizzy and short of breath.
Pulmonary hypertension is complicated to diagnose because symptoms are nonspecific and can mimic other conditions. Because of the complexity of the disease and its diagnosis, individuals should consult an expert in pulmonary hypertension. The Greenville Health System (GHS) Lung Center offers an expert who is available for the diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of pulmonary hypertension.
Expert in the Treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension
Armin D. Meyer, M.D., a physician with the GHS Lung Center, trained at Duke University Medical Center, which has one of the largest pulmonary hypertension programs in the United States. He is also the only physician in the Upstate registered with the Pulmonary Hypertension Association and is active in the Upstate Pulmonary Hypertension Support Group. Dr. Meyer will work closely with the patient, referring physician and family during this sometimes life-altering disease.
Referrals are required to be seen. Have your doctor call (864) 454-4200 to set up an appointment.
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