Media Advisory - Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month - 6-minute Walk for Breath - Vancouver, British Columbia

11.11.2012

Source: Canada Newswire

VANCOUVERNov. 2, 2012 /CNW/

PULMONARY HYPERTENSION AWARENESS MONTH - 6-minute Walk for Breath

November is Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month in North America. Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is an incurable lung disease. Treatment may include expensive drug therapy, lung transplant or heart- lung transplant. The Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada (PHA Canada) hosted the first of 4 Awareness Month 6-minute Walks for Breath on November 1, 2012 in Vancouver. Similar events will be held this month in EdmontonOttawa and Toronto.

The 6-minute walk test is a standard PH test which measures the distance that a patient can walk on a flat, hard surface. The test is designed to assist in evaluating PH patients. In order to educate participants about PH, PHA Canada will provide participants with companion sheets that outline symptoms at specific markers during the event. Participants may walk the 6-minute route several times to raise funds for PH.

PHA Canada is a charitable organization established by patients, caregivers, parents and family members. PHA Canada's mandate is to create awareness about PH and develop communities of knowledge and support. PHA Canada's sincere hope is that its work will assist in early diagnosis of PH and increase patient chances for managing the disease.

DATES TIMES LOCATIONS
November 3, 2012 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
(EDT)
Ottawa, ON - University of Ottawa
Heart Institute, H2 (2nd Floor) 40
Ruskin Street
November 4, 2012 - 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
(MDT)
Edmonton, AB - Castle Downs Family
YMCA, 11510 153 Ave
November 25, 2012 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
(EDT)
Mattamy Athletics Centre, 50
Carleton Street, Toronto, ON

 

For more information about Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month and event schedule, visitwww.phacanada.ca/6-minutewalk

For further information, media representatives may contact:
Angie Knott, National Manager - Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada
Telephone: 604-682-1036 E-mail: aknott@phacanada.ca

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