2021 World PH Day Toolkit

Throughout May, beginning on World PH Day, May 5, 80 global pulmonary hypertension (PH) organizations will participate in a worldwide awareness campaign to advocate for access to PH diagnosis, treatment and care.

PHA will share photos, stories and social media messages linked by an image of a heart globe. The heart globe logo symbolizes unity and the need for greater awareness of the disease. The image was chosen by PH associations around the world.

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association has designed a toolkit with easy-to-translate English-language materials you may use to participate in the World PH Day campaign. From May 5 – May 31, please use the contents of this kit to:

  1. Encourage people to photograph themselves with a PH awareness message.
  2. Change your social media profile and cover photos to the 2021 World PH Day images (below).
  3. Share and repost participating organizations’ World PH Day campaign posts.
  4. Adapt the news release template for your organization.
  5. Post the World PH Day graphics included in this kit (below).

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Social Media Posts

Facebook and Instagram Posts

Schistosomiasis

Facebook and Instagram: Schistosomiasis is the most common cause of pulmonary arterial hypertension in the developing world, a widespread parasitic disease. Parasite eggs obstruct the pulmonary arteries, which can cause a severe form of PH that affects about 20 million people worldwide, mostly in Africa and Asia. It’s most frequently contracted through fresh water for drinking, bathing or washing. Learn more: www.phassociation.org/worldphday/ #WorldPHDay2021

Twitter: Have you heard of #schistosomiasis? It’s the most common cause of #PAH in the developing world. About 20 million people, mostly in Africa & Asia, can develop a severe form of #PH from schistosomiasis. http://ow.ly/Xvb750Ek3c5. #WorldPHDay2021

Left Heart Disease

Facebook and Instagram: In economically developed countries, Group 2 pulmonary hypertension is the most common type of PH and is caused by left heart disease. In Group 2 PH, there are problems with how the heart squeezes or relaxes and issues with the left heart valves (think of them as little doors). This can make the heart unable to relax and keep up with blood returning from the lungs. A “backup” of blood raises pressure in the lungs. Learn more: www.phassociation.org/worldphday/ #WorldPHDay2021

Twitter: Group 2 #pulmonaryhypertension is caused by left heart disease, which affects how the #heart squeezes or relaxes. This can make the #leftheart unable to keep up with blood returning from the #lungs. http://ow.ly/Xvb750Ek3c5. #WorldPHDay2021

Lung Disease

Facebook and Instagram: Those who live at higher altitudes could be at risk for developing Group 3 pulmonary hypertension from a shortage of oxygen. More than 140 million people worldwide live 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) or more above sea level. Living at those heights can constrict blood vessels, increasing strain on the right heart over time. Learn more. www.phassociation.org/worldphday/  #WorldPHDay2021

Twitter: Those who live at higher altitudes could be at risk for developing Group 3 #PH. Over 140 million people worldwide live 10,000 ft+ above sea level. This can cause constricted blood vessels & increase strain on the #rightheart over time. http://ow.ly/Xvb750Ek3c5. #WorldPHDay2021

Facebook and Instagram: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can make it difficult to take a deep breath. COPD causes restricted air flow in the lungs. This is mostly caused by exposure to irritants that damage the lungs and airways. Pulmonary hypertension is a common complication of COPD due to the damage and changes COPD can cause to pulmonary artery vessels. Learn more: www.phassociation.org/worldphday/ #WorldPHDay2021

Twitter: COPD restricts air flow in the #lungs due to irritants that damage the lungs & airways. #Pulmonaryhypertension is a common complication of #COPD because it can affect pulmonary artery vessels. http://ow.ly/Xvb750Ek3c5. #WorldPHDay2021

Facebook and Instagram: Sleep apnea is a potentially serious disorder that causes people to repeatedly stop and start breathing as they sleep. This can cause a shortage of oxygen or hypoxia in the lungs. Pulmonary pressures often worsen during sleep, making pulmonary hypertension a common complication of sleep apnea. Learn more: www.phassociation.org/worldphday/ #WorldPHDay2021

Twitter: Poor sleep can cause breathing disorders like #sleepapnea. Pulmonary pressures often worsen during sleep, making #pulmonaryhypertension a common complication of sleep apnea. http://ow.ly/Xvb750Ek3c5. #WorldPHDay2021

CTEPH

Facebook and Instagram: A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that gets trapped in the lungs. People who have had PEs are at greater risk to develop more clots. New clots can cause high blood pressure in the lungs, or chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). Learn more: www.phassociation.org/worldphday/ #WorldPHDay2021

Twitter: A #pulmonaryembolism is a blood clot that gets trapped in the #lungs. People who have had #PEs are at greater risk to develop more clots, which can cause high blood pressure in the lungs or #CTEPH. http://ow.ly/Xvb750Ek3c5. #WorldPHDay2021

Sarcoidosis

Facebook and Instagram: Pulmonary hypertension is a serious complication of sarcoidosis, which has no known cause. The disease makes the immune system overact and develop clusters of inflamed tissue in various organs. Sarcoidosis most frequently affects African Americans, with women at higher risk. Sarcoidosis patients who have persistent, labored breathing should be screened for PH. Learn more: www.phassociation.org/worldphday/ #WorldPHDay2021

Twitter: #Pulmonaryhypertension is a serious complication of #sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis most frequently affects African Americans, with women at higher risk. Sarcoidosis patients who have persistent, labored breathing should be screened for #PH. http://ow.ly/Xvb750Ek3c5. #WorldPHDay2021

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