• Client: University Health Network, Division of Thoracic Surgery
  • Role: Illustration
  • Challenge: Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH) is a type of pulmonary hypertension caused by blood clots that do not dissolve in the arteries of your lungs. The blood clots may be removed by Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy (PEA) surgery. It is important that patients and their families understand the illness, it’s effect on the heart and lungs, and what to expect before surgery.
  • Solution: Comparative medical illustrations were created to show the anatomy and function of a healthy heart and lungs, in comparison to a heart and lungs with CTEPH. A set of step-by-step illustrations shows how PEA surgery is performed, including the area of operation and method for removing the tissue. The illustrations are included in a brochure for patients and are used by clinical staff to explain the illness and surgery.