A nonprofit organization, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association remains focused on its mission to help patients suffering from the effects of pulmonary hypertension. Since the early 1990s, the organization has helped to connect them with fellow patients that are also combating the illness. This is done through support groups, the use of specialists, and centers focusing their attention on fighting hypertension.
The Pulmonary Hypertension Association is the brainchild of a group of women who got together in the 1980s. It has gone on to experience tremendously exponential growth from its small beginnings into a vast network with a presence throughout the globe consisting of close to 20,000 pulmonary hypertension (PH) patients.
Around the time it was founded, PH was relatively unknown, with less than 100 diagnosed cases. Thus, there was little information available to understand and treat it. The founders worked together and made it their mission to reach out to others, giving hope to those who may have been feeling like there was no one else suffering from PH to use as support. Theresa Knazik, Dorothy Olson, and Shirley Brown began their fight before they were joined by Pat Paton. The rest, as they say, is history.
Should you wish to learn more about the Pulmonary Hypertension Association please visit http://www.phassociation.org/.
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