Treatment & Therapy

Pulmonary hypertension is a disease that is treatable but not curable.

At your first appointment, your pulmonologist will talk to you about your medical history, perform a physical exam and order tests. This is a good time to ask questions about pulmonary hypertension.

Some questions you might ask are:

  • What could be the cause of my condition or symptoms?
  • How will my condition or symptoms be monitored?
  • What kind of tests will I need?
  • Are there any limitations or restrictions to my diet and physical activity?

Treatment goals

Through treatment and therapy the goal is to improve your quality of life, improve exercise tolerance, and improve survival.

Ask the Doctor

- Dr. Christopher Spradley

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Do I have to stay on the medicine?

Dr. Spradley: Because PAH has no cure; usually once treatment is started it continues indefinitely.

What if treatment fails?

Dr. Spradley:  In some patients with PAH who fail therapy, heart/lung transplantation may be an option.


Dr. Christopher Spradley's patient emphasis is pulmonary arterial hypertension, right heat catheterization with vasoreactivity testing, critical care medicine, medical diseases of the chest, and sleep disorders He also serves as Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine with the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.


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