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May092019

AnMed First in S.C. Accredited by Pulmonary Hypertension Association

AnMed Health has earned distinction as one of six accredited Regional Clinical Care Centers in the United States, and the first in South Carolina, from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association for specialized treatment of patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension, a rare form of high blood pressure. 

“We have worked diligently for almost three years to receive this recognition,” said Clay Hall, pulmonary disease navigator.

To be accredited as a Regional Clinical Program, AnMed Health demonstrated a commitment to providing expert-level care, proficiently evaluating pulmonary hypertension patients based on published evidence-based guidelines, and providing expert treatment of patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension. “We have worked diligently for almost three years to receive this recognition,” said Clay Hall, pulmonary disease navigator.

Pulmonary arterial hypertension occurs in the pulmonary arteries which flow from the heart throughout the lungs. Symptoms can include shortness of breath, fatigue and chest pain. It can result from the arteries in the lungs becoming damaged, narrowed or stiffened, forcing the right side of the heart to pump extra hard and leading to right heart failure and death. 

While there is no cure, pulmonary arterial hypertension is treatable with medication, and some sufferers undergo a lung transplant. It affects children and adults of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. 

“The accreditation will allow us to bring in more resources to take care of patients to improve their quality of life by diagno­sis and management of this progressive disease," said Dr. Abhijit Raval, director of interven­tional pulmonary and pulmonary vascular disease.

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