The pulmonary embolism (PE) clinic at the University of Colorado Hospital in metro Denver offers clinical expertise and active research to patients with both acute (new) PEs,  (blood clots to the lung) and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH).

It is a multi-modality and interdisciplinary clinic combining the skills of pulmonologists, hematologists, interventional radiologists, cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons in the treatment of Pulmonary Emboli.

Pulmonary Embolism is a condition when one or more of the pulmonary arteries in the lungs are blocked with a blood clot. These clots often start in the legs (Deep Venous Thrombosis or DVT). The clots then move to the lungs through the right side of the heart. Blood clots may block the flow of blood to your lungs. This puts a strain on the right side of your heart that can be life-threatening.

Getting treatment right away is important to help your future results.  While most PEs resolve in time and with treatment, in some patients the blood clots do not dissolve and can continue to obstruct the pulmonary arteries causing pulmonary hypertension (or high pressure in the pulmonary arteries).  This can cause right heart failure and even death.

 Patients seen in the PE clinic will receive evaluation and recommendations regarding:

  • The type and duration of anticoagulant therapy
  • Risk assessment for further thrombotic events
  • Impact of the blood clot on cardiac and exercise function
  • Assessment of operability for CTEPH patients
  • Assessment of need for pulmonary hypertension specific therapy for CTEPH patients
  • Assessment and availability for new research medications for the treatment of PE and CTEPH

The doctors and staff at University of Colorado Hospital are happy to provide second opinions for patients who have had a PE or are diagnosed with CTEPH.

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