Newly Diagnosed Patients

The Newly Diagnosed Self-Study: PH Ready

If you or someone close to you has recently been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension (PH), you probably have a lot of questions and concerns. Or, you may be feeling so overwhelmed by the diagnosis that you aren't sure what kinds of questions to ask. PHA has created The Newly Diagnosed Self-Study: PH Ready, a series of e-courses that serve as a roadmap for newly diagnosed PH patients. It is full of information about treatments, living with PH, insurance, working with your medical team and more. Participants will receive a monthly email highlighting relevant resources for newly diagnosed patients. While PH Ready can be started at any time, the curriculum is intended to begin with the live Newly Diagnosed? What You Need to Know webinar in January or July and conclude with a live wrap-up webinar in July or January.
PH Ready is a curriculum intended for newly diagnosed patients. PH Ready, Caregivers is intended as a companion curriculum for caregivers of newly diagnosed patients.

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Here are some recommended recordings to help you begin learning about PH right away.

2010 International PH Conference session -indicates PHA 2010 International PH Conference session
 -indicates Minneapolis PHA on the Road session

Living with PH     
Voice and Slides  

Finding and Living Your New Normal
-Natalie Kitterman, BSN, RN, CCRN, Intermountain Medical Center

Emergency VehicleVoice and Slides  

When Urgent or Emergent Situations Arise: What Should I Do?

-Wendy Hill, MSN, RN, NP-C, West Los Angeles VA Medical Center

Understanding PH: The Basics Voice and Slides  

Understanding PH: The Basics
2010 International PH Conference session 6/26/10
-Dana McGlothlin, MD, University of California San Francisco, Chair
-John Newman, MD, Vanderbilt University
-Arlene Schiro, MA, CS, NP, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Take the Living with PH Self-Test!

Lillian Bauman & Kathleen HendersonVideo and Slides  

Insurances Issues and Alternative Means for Getting Treatment Covered
-Lillian Bauman, LICSW, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview
-Kathleen Henderson, Accredo Health Group, Inc.

Take the Insurance Self-Test!

James R. Flink, MDVideo and Slides

Initial PAH Treatment: What Are the Choices and Which One is Best for Me?
-James R. Flink, MD, St. Paul Lung Clinic

 Take the Treatments Self-Test!

Your Care Team    
Empowered Patient: Nurturing Partnerships with your Medical Professionals to Get the Best Care PossibleVoice and Slides  

The Empowered Patient: Nurturing Partnerships with your Medical Professionals to Get the Best Care Possible
-Deborah Levine, MD, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Take the Empowered Patient Self-Test!

Lifestyle Modifications for Improved Quality of LifeVoice and Slides   Lifestyle Modifications for Improved Quality of Life
-Janet Pinson, NP, Virginia Commonwealth University
Telling Your Story: Explaining PH to Friends, Family and CoworkersVoice and Slides  

Telling Your Story: Explaining PH to Friends, Family and Coworkers
-Amanda Harvey-McKee
-Brit Riggins

Take the Coping Self-Test!

All done with the curriculum? Evaluate your knowledge with this presentation. Dr Vinicio de Jesus Perez reviews important points from the curriculum and shares tips to help you better cope with and manage your PH.

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Living without Fear: The Role of Patient Education in the Care of PH
-Vinicio de Jesus Perez, MD, Stanford University

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The Empowered Patient Online Toolkit can help you track medication dosages, pharmacy numbers, insurance plans and more with resources to create your own PH-specific medical binder.

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