- Family history of PAH (familial or heritable PAH)
- PAH associated with another disease or condition that a person already has (examples include connective tissue diseases, such as scleroderma; HIV; and exposures to certain drugs or toxins)
- Idiopathic PAH for which no specific cause or risk factor can be identified
The 6-minute walk test is used to measure how far you can walk in 6 minutes.
Usually your regular doctor will refer you to a cardiologist or pulmonologist. There are also doctors who specialize in treating PAH and can be found at PH Care Centers.
Talk to your doctor about the best treatment options for you based on your symptoms and clinical evaluation performed at each checkup. PAH is a progressive disease so your doctor will continue to evaluate you for signs of progression that may warrant a change in treatment.