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Pulmonary Vascular Medicine

An international referral center for the treatment of CTEPH.

CBS 8: UC San Diego's lifesaving pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE) surgery

Pulmonary Hypertension & Pulmonary Embolism

Pulmonary vascular disease affects the blood vessels between the heart and the lungs. This can make breathing difficult and affect your ability to have an active, healthy life.

UC San Diego Health System is a worldwide leader in the diagnosis, treatment and research of pulmonary vascular diseases.

Led by Nick Kim, MD, our pulmonary vascular disease program includes experts from pulmonary and cardiovascular services and emphasizes leading-edge treatments in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH).

Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH)

Designated a Center of Excellence by the American College of Chest Physicians, we have the highest success rate worldwide for pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE) surgery, a complex surgery used to treat CTEPH. Our team performs more PTE surgeries than any other medical center in the world.

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Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH)

Our physician-scientists are involved in the clinical development of all FDA-approved therapies for PAH. Patients at UC San Diego have access to the latest treatments available.

bulletLearn more about PAH.

Pulmonary Embolism & Deep Vein Thrombosis (PE/DVT)

PE/DVT refers to blood clots in the legs and lungs, and is the third most common cause of death from cardiovascular disease after heart attack and stroke. Our team participates in registry studies to gain a richer understanding of the disease progression and effectiveness of therapies.

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