Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) Campaign Targets People Who May Have a Deadly Progressive Lung Disease and Don’t Know It and At-Risk Communities

Awareness for people suffering from pulmonary hypertension (PH), an illness that is often misdiagnosed, can be a life or death matter. The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) is bolstering its awareness efforts to ensure that more people are diagnosed early and accurately. New public service ads (PSAs) — some featuring PHA celebrity champion national recording artist Traci Braxton — aim to reach people at risk for developing PH and those who are unaware that they may have the deadly progressive disease.

Pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure in the lungs. Symptoms can include shortness of breath, dizziness and fatigue. Because these symptoms can mirror common, less-threatening illnesses, patients often go years without being diagnosed, or are misdiagnosed as having other illnesses such as asthma or COPD. PH can exist alone or be associated with other conditions such as connective tissue disorders (scleroderma, lupus and others), heart disease, HIV and COPD. If left untreated, PH can lead to right heart failure and death. With early, accurate diagnosis, treatments can extend and improve the quality of life for many people living with the disease.

Ads featuring Braxton, who stars alongside her family on the hit WE tv reality show, Braxton Family Values, will appear in June on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor trains. Along with her photo, the ads will include the quote, “Two of my sisters have diseases associated with pulmonary hypertension.” Braxton’s sister, Grammy Award winning artist Toni Braxton, has lupus. Another sister, national recording artist Tamar Braxton-Herbert, has battled blood clots in the lungs. Researchers find up to nine percent of lupus patients also have PH. One form of PH, Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary…

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