The Maine Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Maine Medical Center is devoted to providing thorough evaluation, treatment, and follow-up for patients with primary and secondary pulmonary hypertension. Patients may be seen and evaluated on an inpatient basis at the Bramhall campus of Maine Medical Center or as an outpatient at the MMC Brighton Medical Campus. The Pulmonary Hypertension Program serves patients with pulmonary hypertension from throughout Northern New England.
A complete evaluation of patients with pulmonary hypertension is required to provide the optimal treatment to each individual. Diagnostic services offered include experienced Pulmonary, Cardiology, Rheumatology, Endocrinology and Hepatology consultation as necessary, echocardiography (transthoracic and transesophageal), ventilation-perfusion lung scanning, pulmonary function testing, sleep and cardiopulmonary exercise testing, pulmonary angiography, chest computed tomography scanning, and direct hemodynamic / vasodilator assessments.
Therapeutic services stress coordination of care with the referring primary physician to provide high quality care for pulmonary hypertension patients. Many therapeutic modalities are highly complex and require intensive patient education and ongoing follow-up with subspecialty physicians and nurse specialists. Patient education and support is provided by both physicians and nurse specialists. Medical services such as continuous prostinoid therapy, high-dose calcium channel blocker therapy, anticoagulation therapy, home oxygen therapy, etc., are provided and coordinated for patients as needed. When appropriate, referrals are made for Physical/Occupational Therapies, Home Health Nursing services, and Transplantation services. Other investigational treatment modalities may also be available to suitable patients.