Your First Pulmonary Vascular Disease (PVD) Program Appointment

New Patient Referrals

The Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program provides individualized evaluation and treatment for patients with unexplained shortness of breath, pulmonary arterial hypertension, pulmonary hypertension associated with heart disease, COPD, interstitial lung disease, chronic thromboembolic disease, liver disease, HIV disease, and other conditions.

  • For additional information about our program contact Nichola Forrester at 617-525-9733
  • For an Outpatient appointment call the Watkins Clinic at 857-307-4000
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Treatment recommendations and follow-up care are developed through close collaboration with referring clinicians.

A Checklist for Your Visit

We would like to streamline your evaluation as much as possible. Here is a Medical Test Check List that expedites our evaluation of the cause of your shortness of breath at the time of your clinic appointment. If you have had any of these tests at an outside hospital, please have them faxed to us at least two days prior to your appointment If you have had any imaging studies listed below, please bring them on a CD so we can review the pictures.

Medical Test Check List

  • Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) (required prior to first visit)*
  • Echocardiogram (required prior to first visit)*
  • Recent Physician Office Note from your referring physician
  • ECG
  • Cardiac Stress Test
  • Ventilation/Perfusion Scan of the Lung
  • Chest CT Scan
  • Sleep Study
  • Right Heart Catheterization
  • Left Heart Catheterization
  • Six-minute Walk

Please bring the following to your appointment:

  • Current Insurance Card
  • Prescription Coverage Card
  • Visit Co-payment
  • Clinic Referral from Insurance- if required
  • Current Medication List


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