Media Coverage

The Non-Specific Symptoms of a PH Patient Can Lead to Extended Diagnosis Times
Jan. 19, 2015 (Advance Healthcare Network for Respiratory & Sleep Med.) - The non-specific symptoms of a PH patient such as shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, fatigue and/or fluid retention can all lead to extended diagnosis times (Badesch DB1, 2010). With pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), the earlier diagnosis and treatment, the better the overall outcomes. Read article

Early Pulmonary Hypertension Diagnosis Saves Running Enthusiast
Nov. 14, 2014 (Pulmonary Hypertension News) - Rosanne Huber was diagnosed with the life-threatening disease in 2006 and feared her life would change dramatically. Fortunately, receiving an early diagnosis made all the difference.  Read article

"You Have Pulmonary Hypertension Until Proven Otherwise"
May 2014 (Annals of the American Thoracic Society, Vol. 11, No. 4) - A pediatric cardiologist underwent four echocardiograms for evaluation of dyspnea on exertion, before a casual conversation with a neighbor led to her diagnosis of pulmonary arterial hypertension. Read article

Approaching the Holidays, Marathon Runner Anthony Piatek Remembers His Mother
Dec. 13, 2013 (Chicago Sun-Times) - Often, PH isn't detected in a routine physical exam in adults and children. Its symptoms can be misdiagnosed as asthma, lack of phycial fitness, or COPD, among other things, even in its more advanced stages. Read article

November: Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month
November (Costco Connection Magazine) - Diagnosis of PH is so difficult because many other diseases - including congestive heart failure, asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - also have these same symptoms, and typically need to be ruled out before a PH diagnosis is made. Read article

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Can be Hard to Diagnose, but can be Fatal if Left Untreated
Nov. 4, 2013 (Washington Post) - The symptoms mimic so many other diseases that it usually takes about two years from the onset of exertional shortness of breath (60 percent of patients) or fatigue (20 percent of patients) for the correct diagnosis to emerge. Read article

Ending Misdiagnosis of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, an RT’s Role
Sept., 2013 (AARC Times) - Many respiratory therapy patients with a diagnosis of asthma or COPD may have been wondering for months why they have continued to be symptomatic despite their medications. As a respiratory therapist, asking whether the patient has been assessed for pulmonary arterial hypertension could save a life. Read article (PDF)

Unexplained Breathlessness Not Okay Say Australian Doctors
Sept. 3, 2013 (The Australian) - Doctors from the Pulmonary Hypertension Society in Australia highlight the importance of early diagnosis by stressing that unexplained breathlessness can be something very serious. Read article

Newsmaker: Dr. Patricia George
Aug. 24, 2013 (TRIB LIVE) - “It's important for medical professionals to know about pulmonary hypertension because we, as doctors, need at least to think about it when we diagnose a patient who presents with shortness of breath. If we don't think about it, we won't make the diagnosis.” Read article

New Insights Into Pulmonary Hypertension
Aug. 13, 2013 (The Lancet) - A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) committee recommended approval of a new pulmonary hypertension drug riociguat on Aug. 6. This latest drug is part of an "explosion" of treatments for PH over the past 20 years that has led the Pulmonary Hypertension Association to address a new concern, early diagnosis, to make best use of the range of drugs available. Read article

West Goshen Woman Fights Back Against Rare Lung Disease
July 29, 3013 (Daily Local News) - For three years, Colleen Connor's doctors had been testing her lungs and treating her for asthma. But on the night before Thanksgiving 2007, the echocardiogram of her heart eventually led to the correct diagnosis - pulmonary hypertension. She is one of the many women of childbearing age who have developed this rare and serious illness shortly after childbirth, and one of many more patients who are misdiagnosed for years before receiving the right treatment. Read article

Pulmonary Hypertension - Early diagnosis is essential to treat this life-threatening disease
April 17, 2013 (Advance for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine) - Shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, fainting-all are common symptoms seen regularly in medical practices. ...Yet when patients receiving respiratory therapy don’t improve, a respiratory therapist can play a critical role by considering these common symptoms a sign of rare pulmonary hypertension. Read article

Can You Recognize PH?
Nov. 13,2012 (Healthcare Journal of New Orleans) - Pulmonary Hypertension and a new initiative to build awareness of the condition is one of the topics being discussed at the 2012 American Association or Respiratory Care (AARC) International Respiratory Congress being held this week in New Orleans. Read article

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