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What are the tests for pulmonary hypertension?
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Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
2 doctors agree
In brief: PH evaluation
The conclusive diagnostic test for PAH is a right heart catheterization to measure pulmonary artery pressures and cardiac output.
The diagnosis may be supported by physical findings, blood tests, chest x-rays, electrocardiograms, echocardiograms, pulmonary function tests, exercise tolerance tests (six-minute walk tests) and nuclear scans (ventilation/perfusion scan), but these tests may be negative or only suggestive of the diagnosis.

In brief: PH evaluation
The conclusive diagnostic test for PAH is a right heart catheterization to measure pulmonary artery pressures and cardiac output.
The diagnosis may be supported by physical findings, blood tests, chest x-rays, electrocardiograms, echocardiograms, pulmonary function tests, exercise tolerance tests (six-minute walk tests) and nuclear scans (ventilation/perfusion scan), but these tests may be negative or only suggestive of the diagnosis.
Dr. Charles Burger
Dr. Charles Burger
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Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree
In brief: Many
There are several tests that a patient goes through to confirm primary pulmonary htn.
The process usually begins with an ultrasound of the heart (echocardiogram) to identify high pressure. Other test will include lung function tests, test for blood clots, blood test for a variety of diseases and ultimately a right heart catheterization must be done.

In brief: Many
There are several tests that a patient goes through to confirm primary pulmonary htn.
The process usually begins with an ultrasound of the heart (echocardiogram) to identify high pressure. Other test will include lung function tests, test for blood clots, blood test for a variety of diseases and ultimately a right heart catheterization must be done.
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
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Dr. Donald Elton
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Various
The definitive test is a right sided heart catheterization and this is required to diagnose the disease.
Other tests may help as well such as echocardiogram or walking tests but you cannot diagnose pulmonary hypertension without a heart cath.

In brief: Various
The definitive test is a right sided heart catheterization and this is required to diagnose the disease.
Other tests may help as well such as echocardiogram or walking tests but you cannot diagnose pulmonary hypertension without a heart cath.
Dr. Donald Elton
Dr. Donald Elton
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