Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension Quiz

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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension?

Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is a rare and progressive type of pulmonary hypertension which occurs due to blood clots in the pulmonary pulmonary arteries (carry blood from the right side of the heart to the lungs), resulting in blockage. Risk factors include cancer, blood diseases or inflammatory diseases.

Symptoms of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

  • Unintentional weight gain of more than 2 kg/month

  • Swelling of any body part

  • Feeling breathless

  • Losing consciousness

  • Swollen legs / fluid retention in the legs

Questions your doctor may ask to check for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

  • Do you have unintentional weight gain of more than 2 kgs in one month?

  • Do you have any swelling in any part of your body?

  • Are you breathless or having hard time breathing?

  • Have you currently regained consciousness after temporarily losing consciousness?

  • Do you have swollen legs?

Treatment for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

Surgery to remove the clot can potentially cure CTEPH with excellent long-term survival rates. However lifelong medication is needed to thin the blood and prevent clots, diuretics (to get rid of salt and water) and oxygen (as needed).

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