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What are the symptoms of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension?

Lyall A. Gorenstein, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)
Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is initially difficult to diagnose because its main symptom in its early stages, shortness of breath, can signify a variety of conditions. As the size of the pulmonary blockage progresses, and the CTEPH increases, additional symptoms may appear due to stress placed on the right side of the heart as it struggles to push blood through the blocked area. As the flow of blood through the lungs is diminished, so is the oxygenation of the blood. Symptoms may include: difficulty breathing, water retention in the limbs (edema) due to the heart's reduced ability to move fluid through the body's blood vessels, chest pain, light-headedness and faintness (syncope).

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