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What is Pulmonary Hypertension?

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a condition characterized by high blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries (blood vessels) that carry blood to the lungs. PH is a rare but very complex and serious lung disease that is progressive and potentially fatal. 

Unfortunately, PH symptoms are similar to other lung and cardiac diseases, making an accurate PH diagnosis difficult. 

To know more about pulmonary hypertension, consult the following PHA Canada pages:


Part of having an "invisible chronic illness" like pulmonary hypertension is that it can be difficult for people who aren't directly affected by PH to understand what it means to live with the illness. That is why PHA Canada created the #LifeInPurple campaign. 

Learn more about the impact of PH by reading the Canadian PH Community Survey.

Get Involved

Did you know that you can very easily send an email to your local government to request that they officially proclaim the month of November PH Awareness Month

Leading up to PH Awareness Month in 2015, PH advocate Ruth Dolan decided to see if she could get cities in Ontario to proclaim November PH Awareness Month. By the end of her personal campaign, she had successfully received proclamations from 21 cities across the province!

Here's how you can do the same:
  1. Get in contact with your local municipal office: you can either go in person or contact them via email. 
  2. Submit a formal request to have the month of November officially declared PH Awareness Month: you can either write your own request or use this template. Don't forget to edit it to include your personal details.
  3. Include something about your personal relationship to PH: Why is PH important to you? How would a proclamation make a difference to the PH community?

You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for news, event updates, and to help spread awarenss online. Don't forget to tag us @PHACanada with the hashtag #LifeInPurple! Whether you're wearing purple in honour of PH or hosting a virtual event, we want to see what #LifeInPurple means to you.

Stay updated on events happening throughout November by checking PHA Canada's calendar!

Host a local PH event and raise awareness in your community. Find out how by clicking here.

6 Minute Walk 2022

This year again, for November Awareness Month, we call on our PHriends and allies to spread PHAwareness by getting organized for the 6-Minute Walk taking place on November 19, 2022.

Get your 6-Minute Walk Companion Sheet here and Information Sheet here.

Visit our 6-Minute Walk page for more information.

You can revist last year's #PHAwareness events listed in the dropbox below:

For more PH information, consult our Resources page.