November Is Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month
During Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month in November, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association increased awareness about this debilitating disease during the “PHaces of Hope” campaign. This campaign included inspiring stories and social media, advocacy and fundraising components to drive awareness and ultimately a cure for PH. Thank you to all who helped spread the word during PH Awareness Month!
What Is Pulmonary Hypertension?
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a progressive lung disease. Arteries in the lungs of people with PH can become damaged, narrowed or stiff, putting pressure on the right side of the heart and causing it to work extra hard to push blood through those arteries. This in turn can cause right heart failure and death.
Pulmonary Hypertension Quick Facts
- PH affects people of all ages, races and ethnic backgrounds. Although anyone can get PH, there are risk factors that make some people more likely to develop the disease.
- People with PH can experience shortness of breath, dizziness, fatigue, chest pain, heart palpitations or edema (swelling). Common symptoms associated with all types of PH (the numbers below are reported for pulmonary arterial hypertension) include:
- The symptoms of PH can be mistaken for other diseases. The most common symptoms of PH also can be caused by other more common medical problems, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). People who think they may have PH should get a diagnosis from a PH specialist.
- Not all PH is the same. There are five different groups of PH based on different causes.
- There is no cure for PH, but there are treatments that can manage PH and help patients feel better.