Unfortunately the most common symptoms of PH are also associated with many other conditions. As a result, PH patients are often misdiagnosed with other, more common chronic conditions such as asthma or allergies. Many patients are told they were simply overweight. It is important for doctors to consider PH with patients facing such symptoms after ruling out other conditions.This is what motivates our Sometimes It’s PH early diagnosis campaign.
Patients will reach the advanced stages of the disease by the time they are finally diagnosed by right heart catheterization if proper action is not taken. Almost three-fourths of patients have advanced PH by the time they are diagnosed. The median survival rate without treatment is approximately 2.8 years, making the need to obtain a rapid and accurate diagnosis urgent. When patients are caught early in the disease (while still in Class I and II) they have improved chances for a better life and can often continue working. By considering PH, we can reduce average time between PH symptom onset and diagnosis, avoid inappropriately prescribed medications, and slow the progression of PH, securing an optimistic life for the patient.
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