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What tests are used to diagnose pulmonary arterial hypertension?

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Your doctor may order tests, including:

  • Echocardiogram
  • CT scan
  • Ventilation-perfusion scan (V/Q scan)
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG)
  • Chest X-ray
  • Exercise testing

Your doctor may also do blood tests to check for HIV and conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Is Pulmonary Hypertension?"

Pulmonary Hypertension Association: "Treatment."

Barst, R.J. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 2004.

Simonneau, G. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 2004.

Runo, J.R. Lancet, 2003.

Mereles, D. Circulation, 2006.

Galie, N. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 2004.

Badesch, D.B. Chest, 2007.

Klepetko, W. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 2004.

Sitbon, O. Circulation, 2005.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 01, 2019

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Is Pulmonary Hypertension?"

Pulmonary Hypertension Association: "Treatment."

Barst, R.J. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 2004.

Simonneau, G. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 2004.

Runo, J.R. Lancet, 2003.

Mereles, D. Circulation, 2006.

Galie, N. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 2004.

Badesch, D.B. Chest, 2007.

Klepetko, W. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 2004.

Sitbon, O. Circulation, 2005.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 01, 2019

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