The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) this month joins the National Blood Clot Alliance and other health care organizations to spread the word about blood clots. This year’s theme for Blood Clot Awareness Month is “Rise to Stop the Clot.”
The alliance aims to create awareness about a serious, often-overlooked health issue. Most people are unaware of the signs, symptoms and causes of blood clots.
When a blood clot gets caught in one of the arteries that go from the heart to the lungs, it’s called a pulmonary embolism. Up to 5% of people with pulmonary embolisms also have pulmonary hypertension (PH). Blood clots are commonly seen in cases of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), causing chest pains, light headedness and trouble breathing.
To help educate the public about risks and prevention, PHA is sharing stories of people with PH related to blood clots: