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What type of doctor may I need to see to diagnose pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)?

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Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is tough to diagnose. Its symptoms can seem vague, and they're also signs of many other problems that aren't as serious. Your doctor will most likely try to rule out other causes of your symptoms first.

You may need to see a heart specialist, called a cardiologist, or a lung specialist, called a pulmonologist. Or your doctor may send you to a center that specializes in diagnosing and treating PAH.

From: How PAH Is Diagnosed WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What is Pulmonary Hypertension?”

Pulmonary Hypertension Association.

American Heart Association: “Pulmonary Hypertension.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.”

American Thoracic Society: “Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.”

NCBI Bookshelf: “Heritable Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.”

Stringham, R.  August 2010. American Family Physician, 

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Right Heart Catheterization.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 02, 2019

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What is Pulmonary Hypertension?”

Pulmonary Hypertension Association.

American Heart Association: “Pulmonary Hypertension.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.”

American Thoracic Society: “Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.”

NCBI Bookshelf: “Heritable Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.”

Stringham, R.  August 2010. American Family Physician, 

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Right Heart Catheterization.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 02, 2019

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