Silver Spring, MD – March 25, 2015 – Los Lunas, N.M., resident Lyndsi Alderete never thought of participating in a pageant. Not until last year, when she attended a pageant and had an idea. Lyndsi’s daughter Eliana has pulmonary hypertension (PH) – a debilitating disease of the lungs that affects the functioning of the heart and can lead to right-heart failure. The disease turned the Alderete’s world upside down since Eliana was born in 2003. Lyndsi entered the pageant to raise awareness about her daughter’s disease.

With symptoms that include breathlessness, fatigue, dizziness and chest pain, many patients see three doctors before they get an accurate diagnosis. While Eliana has had PH since birth, the survival rate for those who go untreated is less than three years.

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