(Silver Spring, MD – April 9, 2015)– Throughout April, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) celebrates Donate Life Month and the importance of organ donation for many people living with pulmonary hypertension (PH). PH, also known as high blood pressure of the lungs, is a debilitating disease that affects the functioning of the heart and can lead to right heart failure. Because PH symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain and fainting, the disease at first glance might look less threatening. But without treatment, patients survive on average less than three years. PHA relies on donations to fund PH early and accurate diagnosis awareness and education, patient and caregiver support, specialty care resources, research to find ways to prevent and cure PH.
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