Join the Pulmonary Hypertension Association during Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month to increase awareness to this debilitating disease. The campaign includes social media, advocacy and fundraising components to drive awareness and ultimately a cure for PH. Click on the blue buttons to access our toolkit with downloadable digital elements and other resources for Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month.
What is Pulmonary Hypertension?
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a progressive lung disease. Arteries in the lungs of people with PH can become damaged, narrowed or stiff, putting pressure on the right side of the heart and causing it to work extra hard to push blood through those arteries. This in turn can cause right heart failure and death.
Pulmonary Hypertension Quick Facts
- PH affects people of all ages, races and ethnic backgrounds. Although anyone can get PH, there are risk factors that make some people more likely to develop the disease.
- People with PH can experience shortness of breath, dizziness, fatigue, chest pain, heart palpitations or edema (swelling). Common symptoms associated with all types of PH (the numbers below are reported for pulmonary arterial hypertension) include:
- Shortness of breath (86 percent)
- Fatigue (27 percent)
- Chest pain (22 percent)
- The symptoms of PH can be mistaken for other diseases. The most common symptoms of PH also can be caused by other more common medical problems, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). People who think they may have PH should get a diagnosis from a PH specialist.
- Not all PH is the same. There are five different groups of PH based on different causes.
- There is no cure for PH, but there are treatments that can manage PH and help patients feel better.
Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month Resources
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Living with a serious and rare diagnosis like pulmonary hypertension (PH) can be isolating. The PHA community is a network where people can connect with others who aren’t just living with PH, they’re living their best lives. People with PH are more than their illness, with hopes, goals and experiences that are rich and inspiring. Friends, family, caregivers, health care providers and other supporters who have been inspired to add their voices to the fight against PH are part of this network, too. Together, the PHA community has the right heart for adventure, altruism, community and caring. Read more and share your story.
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