Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada Releases Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Video for World PH Day 2016

Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada Releases Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Video for World PH Day 2016


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Event date: Thursday May 5th, 2016

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada will mark the 5th annual World PH Day on May 5th with the release of a new awareness video. The 5 min. 17 sec. educational video aims to raise public awareness of the symptoms of pulmonary hypertension and the impacts of this rare, potentially fatal, disease. The video features pulmonary hypertension patients and caregivers from British Columbia, Canada who explain how PH impacts their lives on a daily basis. The video also explains the main symptoms of pulmonary hypertension and encourages viewers experiencing such symptoms to speak to their doctor about PH. The video was produced in partnership with Vancouver film cooperative Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society and filmmaker Tyler Gamsby (Creek Water Media).

Video availability

The video will be released online May 5th, 2016 on the following channels:

PHA Canada website: www.phacanada.ca/world-ph-day

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/phacanada

Facebook: @PHACanada

Twitter: @PHACanada

Upon request, PHA Canada can release private viewing links and/or copies of the video in advance to interested media outlets. We welcome inquiries from broadcasters interested in broadcasting the video on television or online. Please contact Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte, Communications Associate, at mblaporte@phacanada.ca.

About Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a rare but very complex and serious lung disease, which is progressive and potentially fatal. PH is defined by high blood pressure in the lungs, which leads to enlargement and weakness of the right-side of the heart—a serious type of heart failure. PH can strike anyone regardless of age, sex, social, or ethnic background.

PH is difficult to diagnose because it shares many of its symptoms with other conditions and as a result, many people are misdiagnosed. Without treatment, the average life expectancy of a PH patient is less than three years. Alarmingly, many patients spend 2 to 3 years of their life seeking an accurate diagnosis. It is estimated that approximately 5,000 Canadians have been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, but as many as 10,000 may be affected by the condition. Currently, there exists no cure for this disease, but thanks to available treatments, many PH patients are living longer and healthier lives.

For more information, please visit: www.phacanada.ca/en/about-ph/

About World PH Day

Celebrated annually on May 5th since 2012, World PH day is an international event that raises awareness of pulmonary hypertension worldwide. World PH Day focuses on the importance of improving the quality of life and life expectancy of more than 25 million people living with PH worldwide. More than 25 international PH patient associations participate in World PH Day by organizing national awareness campaigns. PHA Canada celebrates World PH Day with its Paint Canada Purple campaign, which seeks to illuminate landmarks throughout Canada in periwinkle blue.

For more information, please visit: www.phacanada.ca/paintcanadapurple and www.worldphday.org  

About the Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada (PHA Canada)

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada (PHA Canada) is a federally registered charity whose mission is to empower the Canadian pulmonary hypertension community through awareness, advocacy, education, research, and patient support. PHA Canada has been working to better the lives of Canadians affected by pulmonary hypertension since 2008. PHA Canada represents the Canadian pulmonary hypertension community, which consists of approximately 5,000 patients.

For more information, please visit www.phacanada.ca.

For inquiries, please contact:

Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte, PHA Canada Communications Associate

mblaporte@phacanada.ca // 604-682-1036 // 1-877-774-2226

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