Has anyone with CTEPH undergone a balloon pulmonary angioplasty? I will be the first patient at the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville Florida and I am wondering what to expect if someone else has had this procedure.
I have now undergone 3 BPA procedures which opened a total of 4 pulmonary arteries. My Oxygen sats are now usually 91-95 on room air and I did the 6 minute walk without aid of oxygen. However, I now have been diagnosed with COPD which has negated some of the positive results of the BPAS. I am being scheduled for cardio-pulmonary rehab and hope that it may help. Has anyone had good results from rehab?
I've been wondering if they can do that just to enlarge the arteries that don't have blood clots to help improve breathing? I may talk to my cardiologist about that. Or even why couldn't they put in some type of stent to keep them enlarged...I have lots to learn and research yet. Thanks for the info.
The objective is to open blood vessels which are narrowed by blood clots so that breathing becomes easier. Doctors choose only one or two of the worst narrowed arteries to start with. It has been found that "less is more". If no adverse effects such as pulmonary edema are seen, then several more BPAs are scheduled targeting other areas. My procedure went as hoped from a technical standpoint, but I haven't noticed a noticeable improvement in breathing. I am scheduled for my second procedure next month, and since I know what to expect, I will not be so apprehensive and anxious. Thanks for your concern.
Is it supposed to improve your PH? I'm sorry I don't know much about it yet, but I'd be interested to hear about it. Please give updates and I'll say my prayers for you!