CTEPH stands for:
Chronic - refers to an illness that lasts a long time
Thromboembolic - the blocking of a blood vessel which can initially arise from a blood clot
Pulmonary - means relating to the lungs
Hypertension - is the medical term for high blood pressure
CTEPH is the result of multiple or recurrent blood clots in the lung, also known as pulmonary embolism (PE). The clot(s) and resulting scar tissue limit the blood flow to the arteries in the lungs, leading to PH, strain and eventually failure of the right side of the heart. While all types of PH share some common characteristics, there are certain differences that occur with CTEPH. It is not the same of other forms, such as the more commonly known pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).
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