National Awareness Campaign Bringing Attention To A Rare Lung Disease
A new national disease awareness campaign called “Faces of PAH” is bringing attention to a rare, underrecognized lung disease known as pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Created by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA), the leading PAH advocacy organization, “Faces of PAH” seeks to raise PAH’s profile in the United States, and provide insight into both the medical and personal aspects of this life-threatening disease.
The initiative focuses on the stories of PAH patients through a series of doctor/patient interviews with national and local media. “Faces of PAH” patient ambassadors will highlight their experience with the disease, while thought-leading PAH doctors will provide an overview of symptoms, diagnosis and treatments.
PAH causes high blood pressure in the lungs due to narrowing and stiffening of the vessels that supply blood to the lungs. As these arteries become increasingly constricted, less blood is able to flow out of the right side of the heart for re-oxygenation in the lungs. The heart must pump harder to overcome the...