How do doctors diagnose pulmonary hypertension?
Doctors can diagnose pulmonary hypertension through imaging tests, heart tests and blood tests.
- Chest X-ray
- Echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart)
- Heart tests
- Cardiac catheterization (when a doctor puts a small tube with a pressure sensor into a blood vessel)
- Physical exam
- Review of your child's medical and family history
- Walk test to check your child's breathing while he exercises
- Blood tests
- If the doctor is not sure of the cause, it is called idiopathic pulmonary hypertension.