Wednesday, October 22, 2014

PHA Online University – 3 New Courses!

PHA Online University, PHA's online learning platform dedicated to enriching the knowledge that medical professionals have of pulmonary hypertension, has exciting new courses! If you are a medical professional, peruse the list below and obtain FREE continuing education units upon successfully completing a course:

Drugs, Toxins, and PAH
Roham Zamanian, MD, Stanford University

  1. Discuss drugs and toxins that are definite and likely risk factors for PAH
  2. Explain how selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor use is related to PAH
  3. Describe possible mechanisms for the development of drug-and-toxin-related PAH
Gender and PAH
Eric Austin, MD, Vanderbilt University
  1. Identify the major risk factors for PAH
  2. Recognize how PAH disproportionately affects females, with more females currently affected for most types of PAH
  3. Recognize that while the prevalence of PAH is higher among females, this does not necessarily mean that females have more sever disease or a more rapid disease progression
Pulmonology Clinical Vignettes
Various Authors
  1. Discuss the hemodynamic, echocardiographic and clinical factors associated with Group 3 pulmonary hypertension
  2. Identify clinical and pathological findings in pulmonary veno-occlusive disease
  3. Evaluate the hemodynamic profile of portopulmonary hypertension and other high flow conditions
  4. Elucidate critical care management of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension patient

Visit to participate in additional CME courses, view webinars, read scientific abstracts, or access Advances in Pulmonary Hypertension, PHA's medical journal.

We Have a New Twitter Handle

Following PHA on Twitter? We have a new handle! We have switched our Twitter handle from @short_of_breath to @PHAssociation to make it clear that it is PHA's Twitter page. Followers of @short_of_breath are now automatically followers of @PHAssociation. Please tag @PHAssociation from now on.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Improving Your Specialty Pharmacy Service

PHA created the Specialty Pharmacy Feedback Form with the Caring Voice Coalition (CVC) as a way for pulmonary hypertension patients, caregivers and medical professionals to share their experiences with specialty pharmacies.

Please help us improve patient care and treatment access by submitting your praise, complaints and concerns today. Your input can help the entire PH community.

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News from Our Partners: Quebec Breathes New Hope into Lives of Those Affected by Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada (PHA Canada) was pleased to learn that a new treatment option for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is now being publicly funded in the province of Quebec. On October 1, the Institut national d'excellence en santé et services sociaux (INESSS) recommended that the drug Opsumit (macitentan) be added to the list of drugs covered by the prescription drug insurance plan administered by the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ).

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Ella & Kori are Still PHighting!

National PH Advocacy Day is coming up on Nov. 13. Little Ella and Kori (mother of Lilly) have created their Still PHighting videos advocating for better research for pulmonary hypertension. Watch their videos and add your voice by making your Still PHighting video today.

Ella's video:

Kori's video:

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PHers Unite! Color the World Periwinkle Nov. 1

We begin each Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month with a worldwide coordinated day of action. On Nov. 1 unite with PHers across the globe to color the world periwinkle!

If you haven't already, order your PH gear and start planning your periwinkle party or happy hour today.

PHers of the world unite!