Second Annual Day of Awareness Could be a Lifesaver for Sufferers of Blood Clot-Related Disease
Silver Spring, Md. (Nov. 9, 2015) – For the second year, more Americans will be armed with information about a rare disease for which awareness is a matter of life or death. Nov. 17 is the second annual CTEPH Awareness Day, also known as “BUST CTEPH DAY.”
CTEPH, short for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension, is 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, dizziness, and fainting, are similar to those in other less threatening diseases, PH is often misdiagnosed.