World PH Day
The recognition and declaration of a World Pulmonary Hypertension Day is a step forward in the consolidation of worldwide PH awareness. World PH Day will focus on the importance of improving the quality of life and life expectancy for more than 25 million people living with PH worldwide. Pulmonary hypertension can be a fatal disease that is difficult to diagnose.
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In 2012, a program and scientific symposium was held in Madrid, Spain, as the first World PH Day celebration. The day was officially endorsed by 22 patient associations, 10 rare and affiliated disease organizations and eight scientific societies.
May 5 was chosen as World PH Day because it is the anniversary of the first child's death in Spain from pulmonary hypertension as a result of toxic rapeseed oil more than 30 years ago. This year, the May 5 date was upheld as World PH Day by popular consensus, and events are planned worldwide.
Source: "Primer día mundial de la hipertensión pulmonar," Asociación Nacional de Hipertensión Pulmonar, diamundial.hipertensionpulmonar.es