Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) is a devastating condition without a cure, which results in high blood pressure in the lungs.
Over time, the heart becomes weakened and enlarged and right heart failure can result.
Approximately 20 years ago, there were no treatments for PH. Today, many advances have been made and effective "state of the art" treatments are available in Fresno. The UCSF Fresno-affiliated Pulmonary Hypertension Program, established in 2008 and based at Community Regional Medical Center, specializes in the diagnosis and management of patients with PH. The program has grown steadily and now cares for hundreds of patients. It is the only PH program in the Valley and includes innovative treatments and an active support network through the Fresno Pulmonary Hypertension Support Group. An annual Fun Walk is held in October to increase awareness of PH, which is often mistaken for asthma, emphysema, allergies, the common cold and other conditions. "By creating awareness of PH and offering treatment locally, our aim is to improve the detection and outcome of Valley patients," said Vijay Balasubramanian, MD, PH Program Medical Director.
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