PHA Recognizes Respiratory Care Week

2018-10-19T21:08:49+00:00October 19th, 2018|

In recognition of Respiratory Care Week Oct. 21-27, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) interviewed a registered respiratory therapist and certified pulmonary function technician. Tonya Zeiger, R.R.T., CPFT, is the pulmonary hypertension (PH) coordinator and associate in pulmonary medicine at the Mayo Clinic’s Jacksonville, Fla. campus, a PHA-accredited Center of Comprehensive Care (CCC). In this interview,

It’s No Trick: These Kids with PH Are a Treat

2018-10-19T21:07:10+00:00October 19th, 2018|

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is not just a disease for adults, so the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) works hard to support children with PH and their families. In 2017, PHA established a Pediatric Task Force, which surveyed 200 patients, families and providers to learn more about their needs and concerns. PHA also launched a comprehensive

PHA on the Road – Long Beach Welcomes More Than 200 PH Community Members

2018-10-05T20:42:05+00:00October 5th, 2018|

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) hosted a PHA on the Road: PH Patients and Families Education Forum Saturday, Sept. 29, in Long Beach, Calif. The forum brought together people with pulmonary hypertension (PH), their caregivers, families and friends, and PH-treating health care professionals for a day of learning and networking. The forum’s opening session

People with PH: Be Proactive and Prepare for Flu Season

2018-09-28T16:34:17+00:00September 28th, 2018|

Staying healthy during cold and flu season is important for everyone, but for patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH), it is especially important. Cold and flu prevention is the key. In addition to recommending an annual influenza vaccination for people in high-risk groups—including people with chronic lung diseases and children six months and older—the Centers

Why Chair Yoga for People With Pulmonary Hypertension?

2018-09-28T16:37:09+00:00September 28th, 2018|

by Kaye Norlin, adult with PH and Central Illinois support group leader NOTE: Always check with your physician before beginning any new exercise program. September is National Yoga Month. Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years, and people who practice yoga have experienced the benefits. Today, yoga is more widely known and practiced,

The Wrath of Mother Nature: Preparing for Natural Disasters

2018-12-19T16:24:11+00:00September 14th, 2018|

Natural disasters are frightening, especially for those coping with PH, but good preparation can allay some of the fear. This information can help you be ready for the worst when it comes to your safety and your health. In case of emergency, call 911. Stock up on necessities, especially water, food, first aid kits,

Tampa Bay PHA Support Group Shares Experience Weathering Hurricane Irma

2018-09-14T20:46:18+00:00September 14th, 2018|

As the 2018 hurricane season begins, the PHA community reflects on the anniversary of last year’s terrible storms with an empowering tale of community, resourcefulness and courage. By Jodi Hamel and Carolyn Sheehy (aka. Peas and Carrots) Tampa Bay PHA support group leaders As we write this, it is exactly one year to the

PHA CEO Update: PHA in the Community

2018-08-31T15:58:23+00:00August 31st, 2018|

Dear PH Community, As we approach Labor Day and begin to transition to the fall season, we have an opportunity to reflect on what was a very busy summer for PHA! Without a doubt, June’s Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) 2018 International PH Conference and Scientific Sessions was a highlight of the summer season for

Examination of PHAR Data Shows Few Patients are Referred to Palliative Care

2018-08-31T15:42:34+00:00August 31st, 2018|

Although treatment options for WHO Group 1 PH (pulmonary arterial hypertension, or PAH) have increased over the past few decades, symptom severity and quality of life still impose significant burden on patients. Palliative care – often confused with hospice care – is goal-oriented care for patients with chronic illnesses that help to balance life-saving

Friends and Funds for PH at the Heart of the Nashville PHun Walk

2018-08-24T16:22:48+00:00August 24th, 2018|

“We want to help PHind a cure for PH!” says Evette Britton, Nashville-area support group leader and event organizer for the Nashville PHun Walk, which will take place September 29 at Pinkerton Park in Franklin, Tenn. Now in its third year, Evette’s focus is on creating a positive, energetic day so that everyone in