Fairfield Medical Center Physicians use State-of-the-art Testing to Diagnose Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
LANCASTER, Ohio (November 8, 2011) – Fairfield Medical Center is proud to offer Nitric Oxide testing for patients being evaluated for pulmonary arterial hypertension. Nitric Oxide testing allows physicians to determine what types of therapies are appropriate for pulmonary hypertension patients.
“Nitric Oxide, inhaled through a face-mask, is the gold-standard test for vaso-reactivity testing during right heart catheterizations. The response to Nitric Oxide will determine what type of pulmonary hypertension the patient may have and will help direct future therapies, which then leads to better outcomes for our patients,” Dr. Jeremy Buckley, interventional cardiologist and chair of the Gordon B. Snider Cardiovascular Institute at Fairfield Medical Center, explained. “Nitric Oxide testing is usually done at specialized pulmonary arterial hypertension centers. We are very fortunate to be able to offer this service at Fairfield Medical Center as part of our Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Program.”
According to Dr. Buckley, pulmonary arterial hypertension is a disorder where blood pressure inside of the lungs is unusually elevated causing symptoms, such as shortness of breath or passing out. Pulmonary hypertension is associated with connective tissue disease such as scleroderma or lupus, chronic blood clots in the lung, liver disease, HIV and even in patients that use diet supplements. Dr. Buckley works in conjunction with Dr. Christian Tencza, a critical care pulmonologist at Fairfield Medical Center, to offer Nitric Oxide testing during right heart catheterizations.
“Since heart-related illnesses are the number one killers both inside the United States and worldwide, it is key for us to use whatever methods available to treat our patients effectively. Nitric Oxide testing is new to Fairfield Medical Center and I am glad we have the capability to offer it because our goal is to ensure appropriate diagnostic tests are done to better benefit our patients,” Dr. Tencza noted.
For more information about Nitric Oxide testing, go to www.fairfieldpulmonary.com or call (740) 689-6833.
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