February is American Heart Month and the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) encourages members to join the awareness campaign of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to encourage people across the U.S. to reduce their risk for heart disease.

In economically developed countries, pulmonary hypertension (PH) most frequently occurs due to heart diseases like congestive heart failure. PH also can occur in people with congenital heart disease (order your free copy of the new PH& brochure about PH and congenital heart disease). Regardless of the type, untreated PH can lead to hospitalization and death from right heart failure. PHA works to educate health care providers, lawmakers and the public about heart diseases and the connection to PH.

Use #OurHearts and #PHAssociation on social media throughout February to share what you and your friends, family and coworkers are doing to get heart healthy together. Are you a member of the PH community with an associated heart disease? Share your experience on PHA’s The Right Heart blog all month long to help educate others about the connection between PH and heart disease.