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Pulmonary Hypertension, Right Heart Failure & CTEPH/PTE Program

Temple is a national leader in caring for patients with pulmonary hypertension, performing more than 245 pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE) surgeries to date, the highest PTE surgical volume on the East Coast. The program’s rapid growth and international prominence is due to the highly experienced and well-respected physicians and surgeons who make up Temple’s pulmonary hypertension team.

Right-sided heart failure and CTEPH patient Janel received PTE, a life-saving surgical treatment. Drs. Paul Forfia, Anjali Vaidya and William Auger discuss CTEPH, PTE, and why patients benefit from coming to Temple Health.
Right-sided heart failure and CTEPH patient Janel received PTE, a life-saving surgical treatment. Drs. Paul Forfia, Anjali Vaidya and William Auger discuss CTEPH, PTE, and why patients benefit from coming to Temple Health.

What Is Pulmonary Hypertension?

Pulmonary hypertension occurs when the blood vessels within and/or leading to the lungs become narrowed, hardened or blocked. This leads to high blood pressure and forces the right chamber of the heart, which pumps blood through the lungs, to work harder.

If left untreated, it can eventually lead to right heart failure and even death.

Nationally Recognized Pulmonary Hypertension Doctors

Paul Forfia, MD, Co-director

Dr. Forfia is recognized internationally for his ability to use echocardiographic readings to differentiate between arterial and non-arterial causes of PH. This more discriminating echo reading allows him to quickly rule out certain conditions, avoid unnecessary catheterizations, and streamline all the follow-up testing and treatment.

Anjali Vaidya, MD, FACC, FASE, FACP, Co-director

Dr. Vaidya is nationally renowned for her expertise in all forms of pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure, including refined skill in using echocardiography to assess, monitor, and offer individually tailored therapy to patients with this complex disease. An active and published researcher and educator, Dr. Vaidya has extensive training and experience in helping patients with pulmonary hypertension and right-sided heart failure, including chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension and other subtypes.

William R. Auger, MD

Dr. Auger joined Temple in the Pulmonary Hypertension, Right Heart Failure and CTEPH Program from UCSD Healthcare in San Diego, where he was the Director of the CTEPH Program - the first PTE/CTEPH program. He brings decades of experience managing CTEPH. He serves on many national and international committees. 

Yoshiya Toyoda, MD, PhD

Dr. Toyoda is one of the nation’s most skilled and innovative cardiothoracic surgeons. Highly experienced in the surgical treatment of complex cardiac, pulmonary, or aortic conditions, his specialties include pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE), heart and lung transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, valve repair/replacement, coronary artery bypass, and repair of adult congenital heart conditions.

Patient Experiences

Temple’s pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE) program has achieved a low mortality rate – an impressive achievement considering the seriousness of pulmonary hypertension.

Thanks to PTE surgery, patients like Kevin are free of disease and living a healthier, more active life. Read Kevin's story about undergoing PTE surgery >

Why Temple Heart & Vascular Institute?

Consider the many reasons to choose Temple for treatment of pulmonary hypertension:

  • One of the nation’s most experienced and skilled pulmonary hypertension medical teams
  • The most active pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE) program on the East Coast
  • A low mortality rate for PTE surgery
  • A wide range of advanced treatment options for patients who are not eligible for PTE surgery, including balloon pulmonary angioplasty and medical therapy
  • Rapid patient appointments

Learn More About CTEPH

In this video, Paul Forfia, MD, discusses the diagnosis of CTEPH and how it can be treated with PTE surgery. Dr. Forfia's discussion of PTE includes the surgical process and recovery timeline.

CTEPH is a rare form of pulmonary hypertension that can be potentially cured with PTE. Our surgeons are among the most experienced and skilled in the United States.