Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension: Cardiac Caregiver
Dr. Mary Mullen, MD, PhD, Associate Director of the Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Program, describes how her lifelong passion for medicine is enriched by the collaborative, family-centered culture of care at the Boston Children’s Heart Center.
The Boston Children’s Heart Center Pulmonary Hypertension Program provides comprehensive diagnosis and individualized treatment plans for children and adults with pulmonary hypertension (PH). Our team includes cardiologists, radiologists and pulmonologists who are experts in PH, as well as specially trained nurses who provide helpful assistance and support for families.
Pulmonary hypertension is a condition in which blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs (the pulmonary arteries) is abnormally high. As the pressure builds, your heart’s right ventricle has to work harder to pump blood through your lungs. This eventually causes your heart muscle to weaken and eventually fail completely. Thanks to advances in basic science and clinical research, treatments are now available that can help lessen symptoms and improve you or your child’s quality of life.