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Hole in Heart Leads to PH Diagnosis

Doctors weren’t sure Lillian Cooke would survive the night they discovered her pulmonary arterial hypertension. Three years later, the stay-at-home mom spends time with family and friends, painting, playing video games and listening to music.” I hope my story gives someone else hope,” Lillian writes in the Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s Right Heart Blog. “I will never lose hope, and I’m going to keep fighting until my last breath.”

Dancing Through Life with PH

Pam Vinesett of North Carolina served three years of active duty and 17 years in the army reserves. The mother of seven and grandmother of eight enjoys swimming, fishing and tubing with her husband. In 2014, she noticed shortness of breath and other pulmonary hypertension symptoms. Since her eventual diagnosis and other health challenges, she is doing well and teaches four to six Zumba classes a week.

Seeing PH Diagnosis as a Blessing

Twelve years after her pulmonary hypertension diagnosis, Marcie McGregor credits her faith in God, her doctors and the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) for where she is today. Marcie shares her story for PHA’s spring fundraising campaign, which begins April 29.

Health Care Exec Breathes Easily After PTE Surgery

Angela Donovan began experiencing shortness of breath in 2019. After she moved for a new career, her symptoms worsened. A work visit to an urgent care clinic led to her chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension diagnosis. She shares her story for Blood Clot Awareness Month.

Finding Hope in the PH Community and Research Studies

Morgan Nuchols began to show signs of PH as a baby. Today the 28-year-old participates in the Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s Generation Hope Facebook Support Group for young adults. She also participates in research studies to in hopes of finding a genetic link between pulmonary hypertension and congenital diaphragmatic hernia. She also participates in research studies to in hopes of finding a genetic link between pulmonary hypertension and congenital diaphragmatic hernia.

PAH Diagnosis Leads to New Outlook on Life

A month after her diagnosis, Wendy McBride was sitting in her living room attached to a central line. Despite a five-year prognosis, she chose to live rather than die. Her life changed for the better as she learned to cope through diet, exercise and a quit-feeling-sorry-for-yourself attitude. She discovered a strength she never knew she had.

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Countdown to PHA 2022: Travel Tips

After a four-year wait, PHA 2022 is two weeks away. Our International PH Conference and Scientific Sessions returns June 10-12 in Atlanta. As you plan your schedule, don’t forget to consider pulmonary hypertension-related travel considerations.

No Borders: World PH Day 2022

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) joined the international pulmonary hypertension (PH) community May 5 to celebrate World PH Day. This year, PHA launched a new social media campaign, “Pulmonary Hypertension Has No Borders.” The campaign showed how PH is a global disease and can affect anyone despite age, sex, race, social or ethnic background. PHA’s social media posts on World PH Day reached more than 90,000 people.

Advocates Take World PH Day to Capitol Hill

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) advocates met May 4 and 5 with strategic legislative offices to mark World PH Day. Advocates spoke with congressional staff about Pulmonary Hypertension Association legislative priorities. The advocates urged Congress to pass the Safe Step Act this year, support the HELP Copays Act, and approve $49 billion for the National Institutes of Health for FY 2023.

Hole in Heart Leads to PH Diagnosis

Doctors weren’t sure Lillian Cooke would survive the night they discovered her pulmonary arterial hypertension. Three years later, the stay-at-home mom spends time with family and friends, painting, playing video games and listening to music.” I hope my story gives someone else hope,” Lillian writes in the Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s Right Heart Blog. “I will never lose hope, and I’m going to keep fighting until my last breath.”

PHA Names 2022 Aldrighetti Young Investigator

Catherine Simpson, M.D., is the latest recipient of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) Aldrighetti Research Award for Young Investigators. The award is for young researchers who show promise of significantly increasing understanding of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).

Spring Forward for PHA

You can now make a gift of renewal with the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA)’s spring fundraising campaign. The campaign features the inspiring story of Marcie McGregor, who treasures reading with her granddaughters. Marcie says PHA helped transform pulmonary hypertension experience to one of hope and gratitude. Join Marcie in making a difference today. Support PHA’s vital patient care and education programs, and its work find new treatments and a cure for PH.

Join New Group for People with PH and HHT

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) created a new Facebook group with Cure HHT. The new group is for people with PH and hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT). The genetic disorder, also known as Osler-Weber-Rendu, causes blood vessel abnormalities. The abnormalities often cause excessive bleeding of the organs. The most common symptom is nose bleeds. The group’s launch leads up to HHT Awareness Month in June.

O2breathe Fundraising Walks Return

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA)’s O2breathe fundraising walks have returned in-person for the first time since 2019. The pulmonary hypertension (PH) community has come together this spring to raise money for PHA programs and services. Read about the events in Northern Virginia, Southern California and Tampa, Florida.

PHA Participates in Event to Educate European Policymakers About PH

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association Europe recently shared its updated call to action, “Unmet Needs of Patients with Pulmonary Hypertension – 2022” with the European Parliament. The call to action, which launched in 2012, states the importance of sharing PH knowledge across geographic boundaries. PHA CEO Matt Granato attended.

PHA Registry Enrollment Reaches 2,022 in 2022

Enrollment in the Pulmonary Hypertension Association Registry (PHAR) has surpassed 2,000 participants. The registry includes data from patients at more than 80 PHA-accredited PH Care Centers. The data represents demographic characteristics, diagnosis and treatment information, and quality-of-life metrics.

Dancing Through Life with PH

Pam Vinesett of North Carolina served three years of active duty and 17 years in the army reserves. The mother of seven and grandmother of eight enjoys swimming, fishing and tubing with her husband. In 2014, she noticed shortness of breath and other pulmonary hypertension symptoms. Since her eventual diagnosis and other health challenges, she is doing well and teaches four to six Zumba classes a week.

Give Hope to the PH Community

Marcie McGregor treasures every opportunity to wrap her arms around her granddaughters. After her pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) diagnosis in 2012, she didn’t think she’d live to see grandchildren. Marcie shares how the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) helped through every step of PH journey through its resources, support group and biennial conference. Her story is a reminder that when you give to PHA, you’re giving people with PH hope for the future.

PHA Offers New Research Grant

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) is accepting applications for its new Innovation Research Award. The award supports new areas of pulmonary hypertension research that couldn’t have been explored without PHA funding. Any areas of innovative pulmonary hypertension research will be accepted. Up to $60,000 a year for two years is available.

World PH Day Raises Awareness for Pulmonary Hypertension’s Global Impact

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association will join more than 80 organizations around the world May 5 to mark World PH Day. PHA’s World PH Day theme this year is “Pulmonary Hypertension Has No Borders.” PH can affect anyone regardless of age, sex, race, social or ethnic background. New in 2022, PHA and the Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute are jointly focusing on treatment access, particularly for those affected by war and tragedy.

PAH Trial Participants Inspire Doctor’s Passion for PH Research

Nadine Al-Naamani, M.D., was inspired to become a doctor after growing up in Beirut during the civil war in Lebanon. She knew then that she wanted to help people around her. Today, she treats people with pulmonary hypertension (PH) and other serious lung conditions at Penn Medicine and conducts PH research. She is an assistant professor of medicine at University of Pennsylvania Hospital, a Pulmonary Hypertension Association-accredited PH Care Center. She originally shared her story with Pathlight, PHA’s quarterly member magazine.

Take Action for World PH Day

Celebrate World PH Day by enlisting elected officials in the fight against pulmonary hypertension (PH). Some advocates are meeting with legislators May 5 to ask them to advance the Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s priority bills. Amplify their impact by sharing your message with Congress from home.

Seeing PH Diagnosis as a Blessing

Twelve years after her pulmonary hypertension diagnosis, Marcie McGregor credits her faith in God, her doctors and the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) for where she is today. Marcie shares her story for PHA’s spring fundraising campaign, which begins April 29.

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Press Release: World PH Day

World PH Day puts a spotlight on the global impact of pulmonary hypertension (PH), a rare, complex, life-threatening disease. PH has no cure and affects more than 75 million adults and children of all ethnicities globally.

How We Sparked PH Awareness in November

The pulmonary hypertension (PH) community joined together to celebrate PH Awareness Month, which ended last Tuesday, Nov. 30. This year, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) encouraged the PH community to Spark Awareness about PH and its associated conditions throughout November.

PH Research

PHA Names 2022 Aldrighetti Young Investigator

Catherine Simpson, M.D., is the latest recipient of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) Aldrighetti Research Award for Young Investigators. The award is for young researchers who show promise of significantly increasing understanding of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).

PHA Offers New Research Grant

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) is accepting applications for its new Innovation Research Award. The award supports new areas of pulmonary hypertension research that couldn’t have been explored without PHA funding. Any areas of innovative pulmonary hypertension research will be accepted. Up to $60,000 a year for two years is available.

PAH Trial Participants Inspire Doctor’s Passion for PH Research

Nadine Al-Naamani, M.D., was inspired to become a doctor after growing up in Beirut during the civil war in Lebanon. She knew then that she wanted to help people around her. Today, she treats people with pulmonary hypertension (PH) and other serious lung conditions at Penn Medicine and conducts PH research. She is an assistant professor of medicine at University of Pennsylvania Hospital, a Pulmonary Hypertension Association-accredited PH Care Center. She originally shared her story with Pathlight, PHA’s quarterly member magazine.

Help Advance PH Research

Researchers: It’s not too late to participate in the PHA 2022 Research Room. Five research teams will have a rare opportunity to collect data and biological specimens from the largest gathering of pulmonary hypertension patients. Apply by April 3 to conduct your research at the Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s International PH Conference and Scientific Sessions, June 10-12, Atlanta.

Junior Investigators: Make an Impact on PAH Research

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association is offering a two-year grant for junior investigators interested in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) research. The Aldrighetti Award for Young Investigators, supported by a partnership with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, covers salaries and/or supplies up to $40,000 each year.

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