Friday, September 19, 2014

News: Screen Scleroderma Patients Annually for Pulmonary Hypertension

Scleroderma patients should be screened every year for pulmonary hypertension even if they are recently diagnosed and have no respiratory symptoms. Noninvasive tests can catch pulmonary problems early, and treatments are available to slow the progression of scleroderma.

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PHer in the News: Implanted Sensor Helps Heart Failure Patient Manage Serious Condition

It used to be that Susan Beck had to go see her doctor to get a check on her heart-failure symptoms. Now, Ray Benza can check on her condition every day, without Ms. Beck leaving her Ingram home. A sensor implanted in Ms. Beck’s pulmonary artery generates data about arterial pressure levels — a key indicator of whether her heart failure is worsening — and transmits the information for the doctor’s review.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Are You Aware of PHAware?

Take a look at our president Rino Aldrighetti’s latest blog post about PHAware, the amazing campaign that has taken us from rare to everywhere. There you’ll find detailed information about this initiative and ways you can help us. Read his post and spread the word so more people can be aware of pulmonary hypertension. Remember, together we can accomplish more!

Check out Rino’s PHAware post

Living with CTEPH?

If you are living with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), we’d like to hear your story! Please email  and a member of our staff will contact you for an interview. Your participation will be greatly appreciated!

Question of the Week: What is your favorite movie quote?

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

News: Researchers Find New Targets for Treating Pulmonary Hypertension

Jiwang Chen, research assistant professor of critical care medicine, sleep and allergy in the UIC College of Medicine, and his colleagues investigated the molecular mechanisms behind the abnormal proliferation of smooth muscle cells in the pulmonary artery and discovered two ways that the proliferation could be suppressed.

Dr. Chen as well as collaborating author Guofei Zhou have received research grants from PHA in the past. Dr. Roberto Machado, one of the senior authors, is a member of PHA's Scientific Leadership Council and is the PHA Medical Education On-Demand National Chair.

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Greater Detroit O2 breathe Event Smashing Success

We had such a great turnout for our PHA Midwest Chapter inaugural event in greater Detroit at Stoney Creek Metro Park! Thank you donors, sponsors, team captains, volunteers and participants for making this a wonderful event! We had over 200 participants join us and help raise over $30,000!

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