Jefferson University Hospitals

Jane & Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute

Pulmonary Vascular Disorders Program

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The Pulmonary Vascular Disorders Program within the Jane and Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute — Jefferson Health and National Jewish Health is comprised of thoracic surgeons, radiologists, cardiologists, rheumatologists, and other specialists to provide multidisciplinary comprehensive care. 

Pulmonary vascular disorders are conditions that affect the vessels, the structures in lung that carry blood to and from the heart. These vessels can be affected by inflammation and fibrosis, which can lead to vascular dysfunction. This dysfunction is often associated with increased blood pressure inside the vessels, a condition also known as pulmonary hypertension. Pulmonary hypertension causes shortness of breath, chest pain, and can lead to heart failure. 

Pulmonary Vascular Disorder Types

Pulmonary vascular disorders may be associated with systemic disorders, or those that affect the entire body. They can also happen for unknown reasons. Pulmonary vascular disorders include:

  • Idiopathic pulmonary hypertension
  • Secondary pulmonary hypertension
  • Chronic thromboembolic disease with pulmonary embolism

Patient Education

Pulmonary hypertension means you have high blood pressure in your lungs. This information might help you understand the condition:

For more education materials on respiratory conditions, visit our Patient Education section. 

Make an Appointment

If you would like to make an appointment, please call our office at 215-955-5161, or make an appointment online below. You may also speak with a call center representative at 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) for more information.


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