Pulmonary Hypertension Program
Accurate Diagnosis and Treatment From Right-Heart Experts
Cardiopulmonary conditions, especially pulmonary hypertension (PH)
, can be difficult to diagnose due to common symptoms across many health conditions. We provide the best possible chance for early detection and effective treatment of PH. Our specialists are experts in respiratory, cardiac and rheumatologic medicine, and they collaborate to provide you optimal care.
In contrast to many traditional cardiology programs that focus on the left heart, National Jewish Health has expertise in the right heart and pulmonary vascular diseases.
We are an excellent resource for people seeking evaluation and treatment for PH. We treat the whole heart, not just the left or right heart.
Our Pulmonary Hypertension Program Offers:
Access to our Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory – the most current technology and techniques, including wrist catheterization to reduce recovery time and potential complications
Integrated relationship between cardiologists, pulmonologists and rheumatologists
Multispecialty clinical expertise – accurate diagnoses and therapy tailored to the individual
Comprehensive cardiopulmonary evaluations, including onsite diagnostics and rehabilitation
Access to our Pulmonary Physiology Laboratory – one of the world’s largest, state-of-the-art technology labs
Cardiology expertise, including dyspnea, PH, heart failure, valve diseases, coronary disease, right heart disorders, arrhythmia, unexplained hypoxia and patent foramen ovale
Request an appointment with one of our cardiologists if you:
Have unexplained shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitations or edema (swelling)
Are at risk for PH because you have an autoimmune disease, heart failure or chronic lung disease
Results from your echocardiogram are suspicious for PH
Conditions That Can Lead to Pulmonary Hypertension
Chronic hypoxia or lung disease: COPD, emphysema, asthma, interstitial lung disease, sleep apnea
Heart disease: diastolic dysfunction, valvular heart disease, shunts, congenital heart disease
Autoimmune diseases: scleroderma, lupus
Drug use: methamphetamines, diet drugs, cocaine
Sickle cell anemia
Chronic pulmonary embolism
National Jewish Health Cardiologists
Kern Buckner, MD
Brett Fenster, MD, FACC, FACP
Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Program
Andrew Freeman, MD, FACC, FACP
Darlene Kim, MD
Howard Weinberger, MD, FACC
Learn about other cardiology programs at National Jewish Health and the Division of Cardiology.