Media Advisory - Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month - 6-minute Walks for Breath Across Canada

Despite many limitations in daily life, such as constant shortness of breath and having to carry supplemental oxygen, many patients, such as Toronto Support Group co-leader, Loretta Chu, continue to have a positive outlook and fight back against their disease. (CNW Group/PULMONARY HYPERTENSION ASSOCIATION OF CANADA)

VANCOUVER, Oct. 22, 2012 /CNW/ - PULMONARY HYPERTENSION AWARENESS MONTH - 6-minute Walk for Breath

November is Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month in North America. Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is an incurable lung disease, which can affect anyone, at any age. Treatment may include expensive drug therapy, lung transplant or heart- lung transplant. The Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada (PHA Canada) has organized Awareness Month 6-minute Walks for Breath in cities across Canada.

The 6-minute walk test is a standard PH test, which measures the distance that a patient can walk on a flat, hard surface. The test is designed to assist in evaluating PH patients. In order to educate participants about PH, PHA Canada will provide participants with companion sheets that outline symptoms at specific markers during the event. Participants may walk the 6-minute route several times to raise funds for PH.

PHA Canada is a charitable organization established by patients, caregivers, parents and family members. PHA Canada's mandate is to create awareness about PH and develop communities of knowledge and support.

DATES TIMES LOCATIONS
November 1, 2012 - 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
(PDT)
Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Public
Library, 350 West Georgia
November 3, 2012 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
(EDT)
Ottawa, ON - University of Ottawa
Heart Institute, H2 (2nd Floor) 40
Ruskin Street
November 4, 2012 - 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
(MDT)
Edmonton, AB - Castle Downs
Family YMCA, 11510 153 Ave
November 25, 2012 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
(EDT)
Mattamy Athletics Centre, 50
Carlton Street, Toronto, ON

For more information about Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month and event schedule, visit www.phacanada.ca/6minutewalk

 

Image with caption: "Despite many limitations in daily life, such as constant shortness of breath and having to carry supplemental oxygen, many patients, such as Toronto Support Group co-leader, Loretta Chu, continue to have a positive outlook and fight back against their disease. (CNW Group/PULMONARY HYPERTENSION ASSOCIATION OF CANADA)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121022_C8974_PHOTO_EN_19621.jpg

SOURCE: PULMONARY HYPERTENSION ASSOCIATION OF CANADA

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For further information, media representatives may contact:
Angie Knott, National Manager - Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada
Telephone: 604-682-1036 E-mail: aknott@phacanada.ca