Pulmonary Hypertension Clinics Help Put Patients on the Right Track

Nehal P. Thakkar, MD

Theodore Frank, MD, FACC
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiologist at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute

For patients with pulmonary hypertension, a condition that often goes misdiagnosed and requires highly specialized and comprehensive care, Carolinas HealthCare System’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute’s multi-disciplinary clinics can help them breathe a little easier.

The Pulmonary Hypertension Clinics, held every Monday at Sanger’s Advanced Heart Clinic at Carolinas Medical Center, are staffed by a specialized team including a physician, advanced care practitioner (ACP), RN, social worker and pharmacist.

Nehal P. Thakkar, MD

Joseph D Mishkin, MD, FACC
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiologist at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute

“Frequently, we see this very sick group of patients and they are receiving inadequate treatment or being diagnosed incorrectly,” said Theodore Frank, MD, FACC, advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute. Dr. Frank serves as director of the Pulmonary Hypertension program, alongside Joseph D Mishkin, MD, FACC, an advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist who helps manages clinic patients.

Pulmonary hypertension is a relatively uncommon diagnosis in which abnormally high blood pressure is observed in the lungs. It is a serious illness that worsens over time, and can eventually lead to heart failure if not treated accurately. The multi-disciplinary clinics enable physicians to make the proper diagnosis for each patient and establish the correct treatment to address this issue.

Sanger will also begin offering shared medical appointments for patients with pulmonary hypertension in late June of 2015.  Shared medical appointments are currently offered across the System, giving providers the chance to interact with more patients, while allowing group members to share their concerns with, and receive support from, others who have a similar diagnosis.

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