In September, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) joins the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation and Sickle Cell Disease Association of America in celebrating their awareness months. Learn more about pulmonary fibrosis and sickle cell disease, and spread awareness on social media with the graphics below.
About pulmonary fibrosis
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is the most common form of interstitial lung disease, which is characterized by scarring and/or inflammation of the support tissue between the blood vessel and air sacs in the lungs.
People with pulmonary fibrosis can develop pulmonary hypertension (PH) for many reasons, including stiff left side of the heart or sleep apnea. They also report worse breathing problems, lower extremity swelling or dizziness with activity.
Learn more about the connection between PH and pulmonary fibrosis in our free brochure.
About sickle cell disease
Sickle cell disease is an inherited anemia characterized by abnormally shaped red blood cells. The cells can break easily or get stuck in blood vessels, which can cause life-long complications to many organs, including the lungs.
Six to 11% of adults with sickle cell disease develop PH, and those who suffer from PH have a higher risk of death than sickle cell patients without PH.
Learn more about the connection between PH and sickle cell disease in our free brochure.
You can spread awareness of pulmonary fibrosis and sickle cell disease by submitting your experience to our Right Heart blog and sharing the graphic and sample text below on social media.