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Pulmonary Hypertension service

The service is led by Professor Robert Tulloh and cares for patients of all ages with Pulmonary Hypertension from young babies to older adults, including those with Down's syndrome. Such patients have complex needs and we therefore have a multi-disciplinary service supported by clinicians, echocardiographers, psychologists, nurse specialists, exercise physiologists, cardiac imaging (MRI and CT). The clinics provide outpatient care for children and adults from Wales and the South-west of England. They are part of the National Pulmonary Hypertension Service and meet these standards of care, jointly with the Hammersmith Hospital and Great Ormond street Hospital, London. Each clinic is arranged so that most investigations can be provided `on the day' for our patients who may travel long distances, therefore each appointment may take up to three hours to allow time for reviewing results and explaining these to patient and their families. 

There is an active research programme as part of this service which aims to improve the care we can provide to our patients. Current projects include assessments of lung function and inflammation, response to viral infections in the intensive care unit, phase three drug trials, psychological intervention with mindfulness to improve breathing and anxiety, patient reported outcome measures, studying the molecular pathway in pulmonary arteries, novel techniques of assessing right ventricle and pulmonary artery responses to pulmonary hypertension. We hope that these projects will lead to better care and an improved outcome for our patients.