Silver Spring, MD (PRWEB)
June 23, 2017
With the addition of two newly Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA)-accredited health care sites, more U.S. patients have access to care from facilities that have completed a rigorous review process for providing specialized pulmonary hypertension (PH) care.
The University of New Mexico School of Medicine PH Program in New Mexico and Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Pediatric PH Program in Tennessee have earned PHA’s PH Care Centers (PHCC) Center of Comprehensive Care (CCC) accreditation. Since the accreditation program launched in 2014, 52 programs in 28 states have received the PHCC accreditation. The total includes 42 adult CCCs, 7 pediatric CCCs and three adult Regional Clinical Programs (RCP).
PH, a progressive, life-threatening, debilitating disease, is high blood pressure of the lungs due to narrowing of the pulmonary arteries. It forces the right side of the heart to pump so hard to move blood into the lungs that it can lead to heart failure. Symptoms are non-specific and include shortness of breath, fatigue and chest pain. Because patients go months, sometimes years, believing they have something other than PH, most patients are ultimately diagnosed with an advanced form of the disease. But early and accurate diagnosis, quality care and appropriate PAH treatments can extend and improve the quality of life for many patients.
PHA launched the PHCC accreditation program to provide increased access for PH patients to high-quality care. The program also aims to foster collaboration between accredited regional treatment sites and larger, comprehensive PH care centers. PHA encourages all accredited sites to participate in the program’s PHA Registry (PHAR). The PHAR is a multi-center, prospective, observational registry of newly evaluated patients diagnosed at accredited centers in the U.S. with…