Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month

Mark your calendars for Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month. Each November, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) creates a campaign to increase awareness about PH. This year’s theme is “Spark Awareness” to reflect PHA’s 30th anniversary theme “Lighting the Way Forward.

Watch this page for announcements and updates to our toolkit, with a customizable press release, social media content and more. We’ll share interactive tools and downloadable resources throughout November to help you educate friends, family and others about PH risk factors, symptoms and challenges.

PH Awareness Month will feature virtual events, including a webinar on left heart disease, Advocacy Day of Action on Nov. 1, CTEPH Awareness Day Nov. 10, and a special fundraising match Nov. 30 for Giving Tuesday.

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: