Pulmonary hypertension cannot be cured, but treatments can reduce your symptoms and help you manage your condition.

If the cause is identified and treated early, it may be possible to prevent permanent damage to your pulmonary arteries, which are the blood vessels that supply your lungs.

Treating underlying conditions

If pulmonary hypertension is caused by another condition, such as a heart or lung problem, treatments will focus on the underlying condition.

If pulmonary hypertension is caused by blood clots that block the pulmonary arteries, you may be offered anticoagulant medicines to prevent more clots forming. 

You may also be offered an operation known as a pulmonary endarterectomy.

Specialist centres for pulmonary hypertension

If you have pulmonary hypertension, you'll usually be referred to a centre that specialises in treating this condition. There are 7 centres in England and 1 in Scotland.

They are:

Treatments for pulmonary hypertension

There are many treatments for pulmonary hypertension. Which treatment or combination of treatments you'll be offered will depend on a number of factors, including what type of pulmonary hypertension you have, what's causing it and the severity of your symptoms.

Treatments include:

There are also a number of specialist treatments for pulmonary hypertension that help relax the arteries in the lungs and reduce the blood pressure in the lungs.

These medicines may slow the progression of pulmonary hypertension, and may help to control or reduce the symptoms.

Other treatments that are sometimes used are:

You can find detailed information about these treatments for pulmonary hypertension on the Pulmonary Hypertension Association UK website.

Surgery and procedures for pulmonary hypertension

Some people with pulmonary hypertension may need surgery. The types of surgery currently used are:

Pulmonary Hypertension Association UK

Pulmonary Hypertension Association UK is a charity for people with pulmonary hypertension.

The website provides further information and advice about all aspects of the condition, including living with pulmonary hypertension, and support for family and friends.

Page last reviewed: 2 May 2023
Next review due: 2 May 2026