Identification and Molecular Characterization of Heritable Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH)

  • End date
    Dec 31, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Intermountain Health Care, Inc.
Updated on 23 October 2022
heart failure
blood clot
blood draw
heart catheterization
right ventricular failure
pulmonary angiography
thromboembolic disease
right heart catheterization


Some patients who have blood clots come down with a life-threatening condition known as Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH), which is high blood pressure only in the arteries of the lungs. This study seeks to understand more about the genetics causes of CTEPH by obtaining blood samples and examining family histories.


This project proposes to identify a cohort of Utah patients with CTEPH, and to perform a comprehensive analysis of family history and CTEPH risk factors in these patients, and in controls with acute pulmonary embolism (PE) and pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Detailed family history interviews will be performed with all patients, and all enrolled patients will provide a blood sample for thrombophilia testing and for gene sequencing with the goal of identifying novel genetic variants that contribute to CTEPH risk.

Condition Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension
Treatment Blood draw
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03579862
SponsorIntermountain Health Care, Inc.
Last Modified on23 October 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

CTEPH cohort
Confirmed CTEPH based on having undergone PEA surgery
Strongly suspected CTEPH based on right heart catheterization data showing mPAP>26 and PCWP<15, and imaging demonstrating chronic thromboembolic disease (either ventilation/perfusion scan, CT pulmonary angiography, or conventional pulmonary angiography)
PE cohort
PE diagnosed by CT pulmonary angiography or ventilation/perfusion scan within the preceding 24 months
No evidence of PH at the time of enrollment (based on absence of dyspnea, exertional chest pain, or exertional presyncope on history, lack of physical exam findings of PH or right heart failure, and lack of signs of PH on objective data including echocardiography and/or right heart catheterization)
No evidence of chronic thromboembolic disease at the time of enrollment (based on chronic appearing thrombus on CT pulmonary angiography or conventional pulmonary angiography, or based on prior high probability ventilation/perfusion scan showing a similar pattern of perfusion defects)
PAH cohort
Diagnosis of group 1 PAH
Prior normal or low probability ventilation/perfusion scan
No reported history of prior VTE events
If available, all prior evaluations for VTE (including CT pulmonary angiography and Doppler ultrasound exams) must also be negative

Exclusion Criteria

Under the age of 18
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