The Pulmonary Hypertension Association Brings Patients Together


For today, we’re exploring the efforts of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, a nonprofit dedicated to helping patients dealing with the effects of pulmonary hypertension. Since 1991 the organization has connected them with others that are also fighting the illness via support groups, specialists, and centers focused on hypertension.

Founded by a group of women in the late 1980s, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association has grown by leaps and bounds from its humble beginnings into a community with a worldwide presence of over 15,000 pulmonary hypertension (PH) patients.

When the organization was founded, there were a mere fifty diagnosed cases of PH and information of how to fight it was minimal. The women responsible for its founding put their heads together and figured out that if they were able to find each other, there may be others to reach out to, giving hope to those who may have been feeling like they were fighting PH without any support. Theresa Knazik, Dorothy Olson, and Shirley Brown were eventually joined by a fourth patient named Pat Paton and decided to spearhead a new mission of reaching out to others.

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