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Pulmonary Hypertension, Right Heart Failure & CTEPH/PTE Program

Anjali Vaidya going over results with CTEPH patient

Temple is a national leader in caring for patients with pulmonary hypertension, performing 200 pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE) surgeries to date, the highest PTE surgical volume on the East Coast. The program’s rapid growth and national 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

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

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 recently joined Temple in the Pulmonary Hypertension, Right Heart Failure and CTEPH Program. He was most recently Director of the CTEPH Program at UCSD Healthcare in San Diego—the nation’s number one CTEPH/PTE program by volume—and Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at UCSD School of Medicine. He previously served as Medical Director of UCSD’s Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy Program for nearly 15 years.

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 of 3% – an impressive number 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 Health?

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
  • 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.

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Leading the Nation in Curing this Rare Form of Pulmonary Hypertension

Temple recently achieved a clinical milestone by performing its 200th pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE) – a complex procedure offered at only a handful of hospitals in the U.S.

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PHA Center of Comprehensive Care 2019-2023

Recognized Center of Excellence

The Temple Heart & Vascular Institute's Temple Pulmonary Hypertension, Right Heart Failure & CTEPH/PTE Program has earned the Pulmonary Hypertension Association Center of Comprehensive Care designation for our demonstrated ability to effectively diagnose and treat patients with all forms of pulmonary hypertension.