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Pulmonary Vascular Disease-Overview

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Thank you for choosing UAB Medicine’s Pulmonary Vascular Disease Clinic for treatment of your   pulmonary arterial hypertension   (PAH).

Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a serious, sometimes fatal disease that can negatively affect your quality of life, causing shortness of breath, chest pain, and fainting.

We understand your desire for treatment and stand ready to offer you some of the most advanced treatments available for PAH.

UAB has a specialized team, led by Dr. Robert Bourge, at the UAB Pulmonary Vascular Disease Clinic. Aiding the clinic’s six pulmonary vascular specialists is a multidisciplinary team of cardiothoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, rheumatologists, sleep disorder specialists, and a geneticist.

Together, the UAB Pulmonary Vascular Disease Clinic team treats hundreds of PAH patients a year.

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Pulmonary arterial hypertension occurs when the pulmonary artery, which carries blood from the heart to the lungs, narrows and becomes stiff, which raises blood pressure and forces the heart to work harder to pump blood to the lungs. Increased blood pressure can lead to shortness of breath, fatigue, dizziness, fainting, heart palpitations, and chest pain.

Learn more about Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in our health library »  

Could you be at risk for pulmonary arterial hypertension?  

Get Help
If you think you may have or be at risk for pulmonary vascular disease talk to your physician about your symptoms and ask if a referral to UAB Heart and Vascular Services may be right for you. Referrals may be made by calling MIST at 1.800.UAB.MIST (1.800.822.6478)

Patients can get more information, by calling UAB Healthfinder at 1.800.UAB.8816 (1.800.822.8816) or by filling out our   Make an Appointment form »