The Pulmonary Hypertension Association

phaLogoToday’s focus is on the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting patients suffering from pulmonary hypertension since 1991 by connecting them with others suffering from the illness through support groups, specialists, and hypertension centers.

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association was founded by a group of women in 1987 and has evolved from its simple beginnings into an international community of more than 15,000 pulmonary hypertension PH patients.

Back when it was founded, there were only fifty diagnosed cases of PH and there was little knowledge or research on how to combat it. The women responsible for its founding got together and determined that if they were able to find each other, there was the possibility of finding others across the country, giving hope to those who may have been feeling alone or isolated while fighting PH. This group of women which consisted of Theresa Knazik, Dorothy Olson, and Shirley Brown was soon joined by a fourth patient named Pat Paton and eventually set their sights on achieving a new mission.

The goals of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association included aiding patients and their families coping with the diseases, providing opportunities for networking, assisting with finding healthcare providers, and forming support groups.

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