Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is a rare, life-threatening medical condition that is underdiagnosed.1,2 The most common symptoms of CTEPH include exercise intolerance, fatigue, and dyspnea. Patients may also experience chest discomfort, syncope, hemoptysis, light-headedness, or peripheral leg edema.1
Because these symptoms are nonspecific and similar to more common diseases, like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and other types of pulmonary hypertension (PH), CTEPH is often misdiagnosed.1,2
CTEPH can potentially be cured with pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE) surgery.1 PTE is the recommended treatment for patients who are surgical candidates.1
PTE is also sometimes called pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA).
CTEPH.com is supported by Bayer HealthCare. Bayer is committed to advancing CTEPH best practices, including working to help educate the community that3:
All persons in whom PH is suspected should receive a ventilation/perfusion scan to screen for CTEPH3
All persons diagnosed with CTEPH should be assessed for potentially curative PTE surgery by an expert center3
Learn about epidemiology, symptoms, and risk factors of CTEPH from Nick H. Kim, MD, of the CTEPH.com editorial board
*Based on a study with 223 patients in which 3.8% were diagnosed with CTEPH within 2 years of their first episode of pulmonary embolism with or without prior deep-vein thrombosis (95% CI, 1.1 to 6.5). CTEPH did not develop after two years in any of the 132 remaining patients with more than 2 years of follow-up.
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