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Raising Awareness for Pulmonary Hypertension

By: Stanley Jefferson Email
By: Stanley Jefferson Email

You can try to fight it by jogging or walking.

But high blood pressure is hard to overcome.

For some, a rare type of heart disease called Pulmonary Hypertension is part of a daily struggle.

"High blood pressure specifically in the vessels running between the heart and the lungs and the right side of the heart," says Kevin Mayhood-Paskawych.

It can be genetic but sometimes it just happens.

"I had a great deal of difficulty walking any distance, very short of breath, tremendous fatigue but since I've gotten treatment, that has lessen quite a bit," added Teresa Asselin-Hayes.

There is no cure for P.H.

But there are different treatment options to help manage the disease and feel better day to day.

"I take Tyvaso which is an inhalant medication, I also have to take Revatio which is an oral medication, it's a pill. I have to take one three times a day, one four times a day," replied Mayhood-Paskawych.

November is Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness month.

And Teresa and Kevin want to inform the community about the disease.

"Pulmonary Hypertension can accompany certain fairly common diseases such as C.O.P.D. and left sided heart problems. However, type one which is Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension is a very rare disorder. it occurs approximately one to two million people."

To learn more about Pulmonary Hypertension, visit www.phassociation.org.


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