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Living My Best Life With PH

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The Importance of Family



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The Right Heart

Rebekah Calverley Lives an Amazing, Beautiful, Fearless Life with Pulmonary Hypertension

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Rebekah was sick a lot as a toddler with colds and even pneumonia.  That didn’t stop her from being active like any other child as her parents searched for answers for her continued illnesses. When she was two and

Early Diagnosis and Advanced Care Put Indianapolis Mom with Pulmonary Hypertension on Promising Path

Indianapolis, Ind. (April 10, 2018) -- Donna Sparks combats a progressive life-threatening lung disease with courage, conviction and compassion -- for herself and others who share her fight. Diagnosed three years ago with pulmonary hypertension (PH), Donna is an active participant in myPHA, the

St. Louis Survivor of Deadly Lung Disease Working Hard, Inspiring Others and Breathing Easily

St. Louis, MO (March 20, 2018) -- Amanda Harvey-McKee’s life is the epitome of the notion that if you want to get something done, give it to a busy person. At age 39, she works 60 plus hours a week -- often flying from

Washington, D.C. Golden Glove Lightweight Champion Elvis Medrano Faces Biggest Battle with Deadly Lung Disease Diagnosis

Silver Spring, Md. (March 13, 2018) -- In and out of the boxing ring, Washington, D.C., Golden Glove lightweight champion Elvis Medrano is in a daily battle for his life. At 27, he’s lived six years with pulmonary hypertension (PH), a life-threatening disease also known

PHA Support Group Leader Stephanie Bachelder Wears Many Hats in Meeting With Congressman

PHA support group leader volunteers take on many roles in the pulmonary hypertension (PH) community. Many are living with PH -- others are caregivers or health care professionals -- in addition to being constituents, advocates, friends, mentors and champions of the PH community. Support

How the Unknown Led to Certainty for PhD Student and PH Patient Raele Robison

Raele Robison was a student in a demanding PhD program when she was diagnosed with scleroderma and pulmonary hypertension. Now armed with answers about what was causing her mysterious symptoms, she is living her best life with PH. By Raele Robison I remember the way

The Barefoot Movement: PHighting for a Cure for Jackson

Noah Wall is a singer, songwriter, and fiddler in the award winning acoustic band “The Barefoot Movement.”  Her nephew Jackson Wall was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension (PH) at one year old. Jackson’s parents hold a golf tournament each year to raise funds and awareness for

  • Luis Cortes with mother, Doris Andujar, and father, Enrique Cortes

Living and Breathing through PH – and Hurricane Maria

by Luis Cortes I was born in 1976 and raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico with a congenital heart defect called, Tetralogy of Fallot. Since no open heart surgeries were done on the island back then, my parents took me to the

Featured News

Conference Speaker Spotlight: Sagar Lonial, M.D., FACP

Prompted by recent successes in the field of oncology in precision medicine, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s (PHA) Scientific Sessions Committee has invited Sagar Lonial, M.D., FACP, an internationally-recognized leading

PHA-Funded Research Discovers Link Between Cancer Protein and Fibrosis in PAH Patients

A new molecular mechanism in the development of World Health Organization (WHO) Group 1 pulmonary hypertension (PH) – pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) – has been discovered by investigators from the

Switching Gears, a Different Kind of Support Group Leader

This article by Emily K. Outtarac, Administrative Assistant, Medical Services, first appeared in Issue 1 2018 of Pathlight magazine. Become a member of PHA to receive this quarterly publication

Conference Attendee Profile: The University of Michigan Pulmonary Hypertension Team

PHA News periodically runs Q&A style profiles of pulmonary hypertension (PH) health care professionals and programs that are participating in PHA’s 2018 International PH Conference and Scientific Sessions. By Susie

PHA Educates Congress about PH During Capitol Hill Lunch

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) hosted a lunch briefing in Washington, DC, Wednesday, June 6, for members of Congress and their staff. Oksana A. Shlobin, MD, FCCP, a director

Pediatric Focus at PHA’s 2018 International PH Conference and Scientific Sessions

Steven H. Abman, M.D. David B. Frank, M.D., Ph.D. Stephanie Siehr Handler, M.D. Uyen Truong, M.D. Erika S. Berman Rosenzweig, M.D.

Conference Speaker Spotlight: Michael Snyder, Ph.D.

Because genetics are essential to the discussion about precision medicine, the Scientific Sessions Committee is excited to feature Michal Snyder, Ph.D., Stanford Ascherman professor and chair of Genetics and

2018 PHA Celebrity Champion, Elvis Medrano, to Speak at PHA’s 2018 Conference

Washington, D.C., Golden Glove Lightweight Champion and PHA celebrity champion Elvis Medrano will join the PH community at PHA’s 2018 International PH Conference and Scientific Sessions to share his

PHA’s Congressional Luncheon and Call-In Day: Two Ways to Get Congress Involved in the PHight

“Oh! My grandfather has hypertension!” Have you ever heard a response like this when trying to explain pulmonary hypertension (PH)? Members of Congress make laws that impact the PH community

Early Intervention: Better Clinical and Economic Outcomes

by Phyllis Hanlon, Contributing Writer   Researchers who study WHO Group 1 PH (PAH, pulmonary arterial hypertension) have shown that drugs may delay progression of the disease, reduce symptoms and improve

Diagnosing and Treating Older Patients with PH: A Complex Process

by Phyllis Hanlon, Contributing Writer   In 2016, the Population Reference Bureau released a report that projects the number of people age 65 and older will more than double from

PH Support Group Raises Awareness for PH at Teaching Hospital Staff Safety and Quality Event

March 13th may have brought a nor’easter to New Hampshire, but that didn’t stop Jane Armstrong and Deb Cantlin RN, MS from promoting awareness of pulmonary hypertension at a

Study Looks at HIV and Pulmonary Hypertension

by Phyllis Hanlon, Contributing Writer   Pulmonary hypertension, or high blood pressure in the lungs, has been associated with a number of different conditions including heart disease, liver disease, lupus and

World PH Day, May 5, Reminds Us the PH Community is Global: Q&A With Dr. Jeffrey Sager

In honor of World PH Day, the  Pulmonary Hypertension celebrates the work of individuals and organizations that work globally to advance PH care, research and treatment access. As part

  • Brad A. Wong

PHA Joins Hearts with Global Community in May to Raise Awareness of Pulmonary Hypertension

Dear PHA Community, May 5 is World PH Day, when organizations and individuals around the globe join hearts to raise awareness of pulmonary hypertension (PH), a complex, life-threatening, progressive illness

World PH Day Toolkit with Resources, Templates and Memes

Throughout May, beginning on World PH Day, May 5, 80 global pulmonary hypertension (PH) organizations will participate in a worldwide awareness campaign to advocate for access to PH diagnosis,

Rebekah Calverley Lives an Amazing, Beautiful, Fearless Life with Pulmonary Hypertension

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Rebekah was sick a lot as a toddler with colds and even pneumonia.  That didn’t stop her from being active like any other child

PHA’s Pathlight Membership Magazine to Highlight PHCC Clinicians

The upcoming issue of Pathlight, a complementary quarterly magazine for Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) members, introduces a new feature called, PHour Questions. The segment  will introduce clinicians from Pulmonary

Global Community Joins Hearts to Advocate for People Living with a Commonly Misdiagnosed and Deadly Lung Disease

SILVER SPRING, MD (April 13, 2018) – Organizations around the world will join forces on May 5 to raise awareness for pulmonary hypertension (PH).  PH is a complex, life-threatening, too-often

Ask the Expert: Managing Seasonal Allergies in Patients With Pulmonary Hypertension (PH)

By Nathan Verlinden, Cardiology Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh Nathan Verlinden received his PharmD from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2013. He then completed a post-graduate

PHA Press

Global Community Joins Hearts to Advocate for People Living with a Commonly Misdiagnosed and Deadly Lung Disease

SILVER SPRING, MD (April 13, 2018) – Organizations around the world will join forces on

Early Diagnosis and Advanced Care Put Indianapolis Mom with Pulmonary Hypertension on Promising Path

Indianapolis, Ind. (April 10, 2018) -- Donna Sparks combats a progressive life-threatening lung disease

With the Right Diagnosis, Sharyn Robbins is Back to Bowling with Spare Time to Support the Pulmonary Hypertension Association

Silver Spring, Md. (March 28, 2018) - At Manasquan High School in Manasquan, NJ,

PH Research

Conference Speaker Spotlight: Sagar Lonial, M.D., FACP

Prompted by recent successes in the field of oncology in precision medicine, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s (PHA) Scientific Sessions Committee has invited Sagar Lonial, M.D., FACP, an

PHA-Funded Research Discovers Link Between Cancer Protein and Fibrosis in PAH Patients

A new molecular mechanism in the development of World Health Organization (WHO) Group 1 pulmonary hypertension (PH) – pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) – has been discovered by investigators

Pediatric Focus at PHA’s 2018 International PH Conference and Scientific Sessions

Steven H. Abman, M.D. David B. Frank, M.D., Ph.D. Stephanie Siehr Handler, M.D. Uyen Truong, M.D. Erika S. Berman

Conference Speaker Spotlight: Michael Snyder, Ph.D.

Because genetics are essential to the discussion about precision medicine, the Scientific Sessions Committee is excited to feature Michal Snyder, Ph.D., Stanford Ascherman professor and chair of

Early Intervention: Better Clinical and Economic Outcomes

by Phyllis Hanlon, Contributing Writer   Researchers who study WHO Group 1 PH (PAH, pulmonary arterial hypertension) have shown that drugs may delay progression of the disease, reduce symptoms

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