October 8, 2015 – The Rock’n’Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon will serve as a pivotal first meeting and game changer for two women – both U.S. Army veterans – as they combat the same life-threatening disease.
Thirty-four-year-old Jessica Armstrong and 41-year-old Latoynia Ransom-Harvey have Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH), a form of pulmonary hypertension (PH), caused by old, organized blood clots in the lungs. PH is high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs that can lead to death from right heart failure. Without treatment, the average survival rate for PH patients is 2.8 years after diagnosis. But because the symptoms, which include shortness of breath, chest pain and fainting, are similar to those in other less threatening diseases, PH is often misdiagnosed. The veterans hope to raise awareness about PH and particularly CTEPH.
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