During Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month in November, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) brings back our award-winning interactive PH Awareness Month calendar. Each day reveals an activity, fact or resource about pulmonary hypertension and provides tools you can use to spark awareness.
This year’s theme, “Spark Awareness,” also spotlights our year-long 30th anniversary campaign, “Lighting the Way Forward.” Every week, we’ll share a milestone from the past 30 years. Those milestones have helped us light the way forward toward our ultimate vision of a world without PH, empowered by hope.
We encourage the PH community to share resources and stories with your friends, family, media, elected officials and the public so they can learn about PH risk factors, symptoms and diagnosis.
Throughout November, we will focus on various types of PH, including the most common type caused by left heart disease, to raise awareness of this complex and life-threatening disease. See our left heart disease resources, including a registration link for our Nov. 16 webinar, below:
What Is 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:
PHA Live Webinar Nov. 16
Join us for the PHA Live event “PH and Left Heart Disease” on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 3:30 p.m. EST.
Vineet Agrawal, M.D., Ph.D., will discuss left heart disease and the various ways it can lead to PH, highlight the importance of accurate diagnosis and share treatment options. Hear Dr. Agrawal’s contributions to the evaluation and treatment of PH as assistant professor of medicine in the division of cardiovascular medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Learn more, and register.
PHA Classroom: Left Heart Disease
Gautam V. Ramani, MD, discusses Group 2 pulmonary hypertension (PH) in this 30-minute PHA Classroom video.