Pulmonary Hypertension Month
WHEREAS an estimated 5,000 Canadians have been diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension (PH), but as many as 10,000 may be affected by the condition.
Pulmonary Hypertension is a life-threatening and rare disease affecting the arteries of the lungs. It can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, social or ethnic background. People affected with PH suffer from continuous high blood pressure in the lungs, which results in an enlargement of the heart. This can lead to heart failure.
PH is difficult to diagnose because it shares many of its symptoms with other conditions. Because of this confusion of symptoms, many people are misdiagnosed. Symptoms may include: unexplained shortness of breath, chest pain, bluish lips, dizziness, fainting, fatigue and/or edema. Pulmonary Hypertension is often an invisible health problem, as many who have PH may not look sick. Currently there is no cure for this disease.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Rob Ford, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 2014 as “Pulmonary Hypertension Month” in the City of Toronto.
Source: City of Toronto