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Pulmonary Hypertension

smiling manPulmonary Arterial Hypertension is a build-up of fluid on the right side of the heart through constricted blood vessels treated through diagnostic procedures and medications. Pulmonary Hypertension can be challenging to diagnose, but Saint Mary’s is home to Nevada’s Pulmonology Hypertension expert, Dr. Joseph Stevenson. Symptoms of Pulmonary Hypertension include but are not limited to fatigue, feeling light-headed, chest pain, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and/or swelling of the feet.

Diagnosing Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) can be difficult to diagnose in a routine medical exam because the most common symptoms of PH, such as breathlessness, fatigue and dizziness, are also associated with many other conditions. It is important to see a doctor about this serious medical condition.

Dr. Joseph Stevenson, DO, FACC

Dr. Joseph Stevenson is a cardiologist who has a passion for diagnosing and treating pulmonary hypertension. He is a medical school graduate from Midwestern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He went on to complete his residency and fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Stevenson is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the American Medical Association and American Osteopathic Association.

Tools and Resources for Living with PH

To learn more visit Pulmonary Hypertension Association

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 775-770-7622.


Pulmonary Hypertension Support Group

Please join us for our quarterly Pulmonary Hypertension Support Group. The purpose of this group is to provide patient and family support, as well as education to improve emotional and physical health. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you, your friends or family members, and to assist you on your path to wellness. RSVP by calling 775-770-3734, at least (48) hours prior to the event.

Can’t make it to a meeting? We are here for you by calling the PHA Patient to Patient Support Line, with volunteers able to talk by calling 800-748-7274.

See our group schedule here