Paint Canada Purple
In Canada, World PH Day is brought directly to communities across the country and social media channels through the Paint Canada Purple campaign. Each year, local communities are also encouraged by members of the PH community to recognize World PH Day by lighting up a local monument purple. Since 2014, thanks to these efforts, monuments have been illuminated in periwinkle purple on May 5th from coast to coast.
“The Impact of Pulmonary Hypertension on Canadians” Report Launch
This year to mark World PH Day, PHA Canada will launch a new report on “The Impact of Pulmonary Hypertension on Canadians.” The report highlights key findings from the 2021 Canadian PH Community Survey and demonstrates the need for continued innovation in the care and treatment of pulmonary hypertension.
Learn more about the results of the 2021 Canadian PH Community Survey.
Wear purple, dress your pet up in purple, decorate your house in purple... anything to help us Paint Canada Purple for World PH Day! Don't forget to post it on social media with the hashtags #PaintCanadaPurple #WorldPHDay #WorldPHDay2022.
Since 2014, thanks to the efforts of the PH community, monuments have been illuminated in periwinkle purple on May 5th from coast-to-coast. This has included such landmarks as: BC Place (Vancouver); Calgary Tower (Calgary); High Level Bridge (Edmonton); CN Tower (Toronto); Niagara Falls (Niagara); Ottawa Heritage Building (Ottawa); Olympic Tower (Montreal), and City Hall (Halifax)!
View World PH Day photos and media coverage!
What is PH?
Pulmonary hypertension is a rare and potentially fatal lung disease for which there is no cure. It is a condition that affects the arteries of the lungs, hindering the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart. People living with PH suffer from continuous high blood pressure in the lungs, which results in an enlargement of the heart. If left untreated, this will often lead to a weakness of the right-side of the heart, a serious type of heart failure. PH can strike anyone. It typically affects people between 20 and 60 years of age, but PH can also affect children and the elderly.
In patients with certain types of PAH (the most severe type of PH), patients live on average 2-3 years, if left untreated. Early diagnosis is very important. This is why we need to #PaintCanadaPurple to raise awareness about PH on World PH Day.