The ECU Brody School of Medicine and Pitt County Memorial Hospital have teamed up to open of a brand new kind of clinic.
The new pulmonary hypertension clinic is the only one of its kind east of I-95. It specializes in the complex condition that damages both the heart and lungs at the same time.
The goal of the clinic is to allow patients to see medical specialists for both their heart and lung issues in one visit rather than having to travel to different medical offices across the area.
Pulmonary hypertension is abnormally high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. It makes the right side of the heart work harder than normal. Over time, the right side of the heart may become enlarged. Eventually, not enough blood flows to the lungs to pick up oxygen, and symptoms begin. At this point, heart failure that involves the right side of the heart is present. The median survival for patients is three years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The clinic is located at the ECU Physicians Clinic Building at 521 Moye Blvd.