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What causes chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH)?

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Scarring from blood clots is behind CTEPH. When you get blood clots in your lungs, they can turn into scar tissue. Scar tissue makes blood vessels narrower and can even block them. Blocked or narrowed arteries make it harder for your heart to pump blood through them. This raises your blood pressure. Your heart muscle can also get weaker over time.

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH).”

Cleveland Clinic: "Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH),” “Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy.”

UpToDate: "Clinical manifestations and diagnosis of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension."

Harvard Health Publishing: “Ventilation-Perfusion Scan or V-Q Scan”

Mayo Clinic: "Pulmonary hypertension."

Pulmonary Hypertension Association: "CTEPH."

European Respiratory Review : “Medical management of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.”

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on April 1, 2020

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH).”

Cleveland Clinic: "Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH),” “Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy.”

UpToDate: "Clinical manifestations and diagnosis of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension."

Harvard Health Publishing: “Ventilation-Perfusion Scan or V-Q Scan”

Mayo Clinic: "Pulmonary hypertension."

Pulmonary Hypertension Association: "CTEPH."

European Respiratory Review : “Medical management of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.”

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on April 1, 2020

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