CTEPH, or chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension, is a rare type of pulmonary hypertension (PH).1
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) happens in the pulmonary arteries, which carry
blood to the lungs. Changes in the pulmonary arteries restrict blood flow, leading to
a rise in blood pressure. 2,3
The most common symptoms of CTEPH are similar to those of PH, including shortness of breath with exercise, fatigue, or weakness. While it can be lifethreatening, it’s the only type of PH that can be cured in some people with a type of surgery called PEA, or pulmonary thromboendarterectomy.1,4
It can be overwhelming to find out you have CTEPH, and you probably have a lot of questions. By getting informed, you can learn to successfully manage your condition. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or if you want to learn more about CTEPH.
- Pengo V, Lensing A, et al. N Engl J Med. 2004;350:2257-2264.
- Galiè N et al. Eur Heart J. 2015:doi:10.1093/eurheart/ehv317.
- Cleveland Clinic 2015. Pulmonary hypertension: causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment.
- Piazza G, Goldhaber SZ. N Engl J Med. 2011;364:351-360.