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Jean Elwing

PH101: Part 1- Understanding Diagnosis

Jean M. Elwing, MD presents information on the basics of PH, how PH is defined and the types and classifications of PH.

Jean Elwing

PH101: Part 2 – Diagnostics and Treatment Options

Jean M. Elwing, MD discusses the different types of PH and the reasons behind the extensive testing that is required for an accurate PH diagnosis. An explanation of the available treatments for each type of PH and considerations that your PH care team makes when choosing the best treatment plan for you is presented.”

Group 3 Pulmonary Hypertension

Shilpa Johri, MD presents Group 3 Pulmonary Hypertension (PH): PH due to chronic lung disease and/or hypoxia (low oxygen levels). She explains various lung diseases that lead to high blood pressure in the lungs.

Introduction to Exercise

The Introduction to Exercise video offers information from experts Daniel Lachant, D.O., and Jim White, M.D., Ph.D., on pulmonary hypertension (PH) and how the heart, lungs and muscles can benefit from exercise.

Introduction to Pulmonary Rehabilitation

The Introduction to Pulmonary Rehabilitation video, presented by Lindsay McAvoy, R.R.T., provides an overview of pulmonary rehabilitation exercises. It also presents questions to ask pulmonary hypertension (PH) doctors.

Introduction to Yoga

The Introduction to Yoga video gives an overview of a yoga practice designed to improve flexibility, balance, strength and focus. The video features Caroline M. Quill, M.D., Sammy M. Jones Jr. and Mychea Morehouse and includes questions people with pulmonary hypertension (PH) can ask their PH doctors.

Introduction to Cardio

Lindsay McAvoy, R.R.T., Kerri Claffey and Elizabeth Quetchenbach give an overview of cardio workouts. The Introduction to Cardio video also presents a sample cardio routine and questions people with pulmonary hypertension (PH) should ask their PH doctors before beginning an exercise program.

Introduction to Strength Training

This instructional video provides examples of exercises that target major muscle groups that can be completed at home, in a gym or as part of a rehabilitation program. Targeted for people with pulmonary hypertension (PH), the Introduction to Strength Training video is presented by Mary Beth Brown, P.T., Ph.D., Patrick B. O’Connor and Jhenna Pacelli.

Group 2 Pulmonary Hypertension

Gautam V. Ramani, MD, discusses Group 2 Pulmonary Hypertension.

Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension

Jacqueline Szmuszkovicz, MD, explains pulmonary hypertension and discusses symptoms and treatments specifically related to pediatric pulmonary hypertension.

Holiday Headspace

In this PHA Classroom video, experts David D. Barnum PhD, a clinical psychologist with a specialization in health psychology, and Patrick Mellin, a PAH patient and support group leader, discuss how holiday expectations can cause added stress and increased anxiety as well as ways to recognize stressors and address them with coping mechanisms. They also share information on identifying mental health concerns and where to get professional assistance and peer support. The video offers valuable firsthand experience from Mellin, who addresses ways that he approaches the added stress and expectations during the holidays and through the winter.

Holiday Headspace Caregiver Edition

This PHA Classroom video explores the concerns of caregivers surrounding added expectations during the holiday season. Michele Freeman, MS, NCC, LPC, a pulmonary hypertension (PH) caregiver and professionally licensed clinician, provides valuable insights and information for caregivers to address the challenges they face while providing support, while also focusing on their own needs. She shares her expertise, including ways to identify stressors, coping strategies and how caregivers can find peer support through the Pulmonary Hypertension Association.

CTEPH Overview

In this short video, Gustavo Heresi, MD, a CTEPH expert, explains chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), its symptoms, screening, diagnosis and care.

CTEPH Treatment

In this short video, Gustavo Heresi, MD, a CTEPH expert, explains the treatments for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), including how physicians determine which is appropriate, what each treatment entails and what to expect.

Considerations When Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Health Care

Jackie Szmuszkovicz, MD, and Alvin Rocha, MSN, RN, CPN from Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, discuss concepts related to transitioning a young adult with pulmonary hypertension (PH) from pediatric-centered health care to an adult health care environment.

Rachel DamicoDebunking Myths and Misconceptions About Clinical Trial Participation

Rachel Damico, MD, PhD, addresses common concerns about clinical trial participation and the risks and benefits of participating in clinical research.

Melanie K. Nies, M.D.Clinical Research in Pediatrics and Informed Consent for Parents

Melanie K. Nies, MD, talks about why pediatric research is important, how it is different than research in adults and things to know when considering participation in pediatric research for your child.

An Overview of the Drug Development ProcessDaniel C. Grinnan, M.D.

Daniel C. Grinnan, MD, provides an overview of how new medications are developed.

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