Frye Performs First Right Heart Catheter to Diagnose PAH 
 
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 
 
Right Heart Cath Team 
Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension is a rare lung disorder characterized by increased pressure in the pulmonary artery.  It produces an array of troubling symptoms including shortness of breath with minimal exertion, general fatigue, dizziness, and fainting.

Cardiologist Sanjay Patel, MD performed the first Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) related right heart catheter at Frye Regional Medical Center on March 2, 2012.  Right heart catheters have been done for many years at the hospital but this was the first to diagnose and manage PAH. 

“This is a big step forward,” commented Peter Alford, MD Medical Director of Frye Regional Medical Center’s Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic.  “This procedure is part of a multi-disciplinary approach between cardiologists, pulmonologists, cardiac catheter lab nurses, and respiratory nurses to improve the outcome of a complex and potentially devastating disease,” said Dr. Alford.