Mayo Clinic cardiologists, Robert P. Frantz, M.D., and Gurpreet S. Sandhu, M.D., Ph.D., discuss chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension and possible treatment options. For more information on chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension or to request an appointment, visit http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pulmonary-hypertension/home/ovc-20197480?mc_id=global&utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=sm&utm_content=otherheart&utm_campaign=mayoclinic&geo=global&placementsite=enterprise&cauid=103951.
Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension occurs when the body is unable to clear blood clots from the lungs, creating residual obstruction of the blood vessels to the lungs. Symptoms of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension include shortness of breath and exercise limitations.
The standard treatment for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension is initiation of blood thinners; however, in some cases, intervention is required. Although traditional intervention required opening the chest, with advances in technology, balloon pulmonary angioplasty can be used to open the blood vessels in the lungs.
Video content outline:
- Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (0:30)
- Where do blood clots come from? (0:49)
- Patient story (1:23)
- Balloon pulmonary angioplasty (4:28)
- Conclusion (8:30)