Pulmonary Hypertension Month
WHEREAS pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a rare, life-threatening disease that affects the arteries of the lungs and can strike anyone regardless of age, sex, social background or ethnicity.
Pulmonary hypertension refers to high blood pressure in the lungs in which the arteries become narrowed and scarred resulting in almost a complete closing of the arteries. Individuals suffering from PH suffer continuous high blood pressure in the lungs leading to an enlargement of the heart and possible heart failure.
Patients with the disease experience shortness of breath, constant fatigue, light-headed or dizziness, swollen ankles, legs or abdomen, chest pain and fainting. These symptoms are often mistaken as ‘generic’ symptoms of less serious illnesses or conditions resulting in patients experiencing significant delays in diagnosis and in receiving life-saving treatments.
The Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada Toronto Chapter is a volunteer group of patients, families and caregivers dedicated to improving the lives of people living with PH through advocacy, awareness, education and support.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Rob Ford, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 2012 as “Pulmonary Hypertension Month” in the City of Toronto.
Mayor Rob Ford