Sometimes it's PH is a bold multi-year initiative by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) to reduce the time from the onset of symptoms to diagnosis of PH, a time unchanged over the past 20 years. The mean duration from symptom onset to a confirmed diagnosis by right heart catheterization is 2.8 years, but the median survival rate without treatment is also 2.8 years. We are reaching patients too late in the process. Almost three-fourths of patients have advanced PH by the time they are diagnosed. The goal is to discover the disease sooner in the early stages so a treatment regimen can begin in order to slow the progression of PH and secure a better life for the patient.
Many symptoms of pulmonary hypertension are commonly associated with asthma, COPD, sleep apnea, obesity or other common illnesses, but sometimes it is PH. If your patient has a disease associated with PH or is not responding to treatment for a more common illness, considering a pulmonary hypertension diagnosis is important.