No Right Heart Cath, No V/Q Scan, No Diagnosis

No Right Heart Cath, No V/Q Scan, No Diagnosis

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Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is high blood pressure in the lungs. To accurately complete a diagnosis, doctors use a right heart catheterization; but the road doesn’t stop there. Every patient with PH should be appropriately screened to rule out the possibility of other types of PH, including chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). For many, the first step is a ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) scan…

Which is why we say:

No Right Heart Cath, No V/Q Scan, No Diagnosis

Ask your doctor if you’ve had all the tests you need to confirm your PH has been accurately and appropriately diagnosed.

PH diagnosis is complex and is never just a one-two punch. To learn more about all the tests you might have as your doctor investigates your pulmonary hypertension, please read PHA’s Diagnosis Testing Summary.

Do you have a health condition commonly linked to pulmonary hypertension? Read about Associated Conditions to get the facts on your risk for PH and what it means.

Pledge to take control of your health

Every PH patient has the right to know that their diagnosis has been appropriately confirmed and that they have had all the necessary diagnostic testing to ensure they’re receiving treatment that’s right for them.

Take the pledge to ask your doctor if you have had all the tests you need to confirm that your PH has been accurately and appropriately diagnosed.

TAKE THE PLEDGE

As a patient, it is my right to know with certainty that my pulmonary hypertension diagnosis has been appropriately confirmed and that all recommended screening has taken place to ensure:

I pledge to ask my healthcare provider if:

(1) I have had all the tests I need to confirm the presence of my pulmonary hypertension

(2) I have had any screenings necessary to determine possible underlying causes of my PH that could be addressed, as per the recommendations of the Expert Consensus Document on Pulmonary Hypertension

I pledge to do my best to be an informed patient and to become knowledgeable of my PH WHO group classification as well as what that designation means for me and my individual healthcare needs.

Fill out my online form.