Pictured above is Dr. Anna Hemnes, Vanderbilt Pulmonoligist and my PH Dr.
Pulmonary Hypertension ~ Shortness of Breath, Not Much Fun !
Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee & the Mayors of Shelby County & the cities of Bartlett and Collierville have declared November is Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month. PH is a rare condition often-misdiagnosed as asthma or bronchitis because symptoms are so general, the governor's and mayor's proclamation says. Early diagnosis is essential for treatments to be effective. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms can include shortness of breath, fatigue, dizziness, fainting, chest pressure or pain, swollen ankles, legs and sometimes the abdomen, bluish lips or skin, a racing pulse and heart palpitations & hoarseness.
The Pulmonary Hypertension Association advises that if a doctor can see no other obvious cause for the symptoms, pulmonary hypertension should be considered and diagnostic tests performed. Feel free to share & send to your email friends. There's one more Sunday in November. Please consider talking to your church's office to add it to next Sunday's bulletin.
Editorial : This writer has PH, if you have been diagnosed with COPD ? Better be sure. The earlier you are diagnosed, the better your chances to be cured. Take it from me, Shortness of Breath is not much fun !