During Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) aims to increase awareness about this debilitating disease. Our interactive PH Awareness Month calendar will reveal a new fact or resource about PH each day and provide tools to spread awareness. Please share resources and stories with your friends, family and others so they can learn about PH risk factors, symptoms and challenges.
Throughout the month, we will provide resources and programming, including weekly Facebook Live events, to raise awareness of this complex, life-threatening disease. Help spread awareness by educating Congress about the devastating health and lifestyle impacts of PH. Share your personal stories on our Day of Action Nov. 10.
Check out our Toolkit for a customizable press release, social media content and virtual fundraising opportunities to drive awareness and ultimately lead to a cure.”
What Is Pulmonary Hypertension?
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a progressive lung disease in which patients experience high blood pressure in the lungs. 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.
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 this video explains treatments that can manage PH and help patients feel better.
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: