What is Pulmonary Hypertension?

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a disease affecting the arteries of the lungs.  It can strike anyone regardless of age, sex, or social or ethnic background. In pulmonary hypertension, the arteries of the lungs become narrowed and scarred. This can result in almost complete closing of the arteries, and can lead to heart failure. PH is a life-threatening disease for which there is currently no cure.

Some of the symptoms of pulmonary hypertension are shortness of breath (especially with activity); bluish hands, feet and lips; swelling of hands and feet; light-headedness and dizziness; chest pain; exhaustion and fainting.


About PHA Canada

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada (PHA Canada) is a charitable organization established by patients, caregivers, parents and family members collectively referred to  as “Canadians living with PH”. PHA Canada aims to end isolation, provide education and create a united Canadian PH community.  We strive to connect the PH community from coast to coast, in every town, to come together and bring awareness of this rare disease.



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