CHOC Children’s offers the only pediatric pulmonary hypertension clinic in Orange County.
Children with primary and secondary pulmonary hypertension have very specific needs. In order to make accessing the care these medically fragile children need easier and more efficient, the CHOC Children’s Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic provides multidisciplinary care that eliminates the need for multiple appointments in different facilities and brings together specialists who work together to treat the patient.
The Team Approach to Care
The Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic provides families with the opportunity to undergo tests like echocardiograms, electrocardiograms and pulmonary function tests, and meet with the pulmonologist and cardiologist, all in one clinic visit. Test results are immediate and given directly to the cardiologist and pulmonologist who team together at each appointment to come up with and maintain the very best short- and long-term treatment plans for each child.
Children referred to the Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic typically receive a pulmonary hypertension diagnosis through echocardiograms and/or cardiac catheterization prior to being referred to the clinic. Once accepted, patients are seen as needed and can also be seen by the cardiologist and pulmonologist as needed in between visits.