Heart Institute and the Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada Challenge Media to a Special Walk

OTTAWA, November 9, 2016 — Ever heard of pulmonary hypertension (PH)? The University of Ottawa Heart Institute and the Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada invite members of the media to take part in the Ottawa 6-Minute Walk for Breath to raise awareness on this disease. The 6-minute Walk test for those without PH consists of wearing masks and using weights to better understand the daily challenges met by patients suffering from PH.

Media will also be able to conduct interviews with patients, caregivers and health care providers.

DATE: Saturday, November 12, 2016
TIME: 1:00 p.m. 
PLACE: University of Ottawa Heart Institute, 40 Ruskin Street, 2nd floor track

About Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension is a rare but very complex and serious lung disease, which is progressive and potentially fatal. PH is defined by high blood pressure in the lungs, which leads to enlargement and weakness of the right side of the heart—a serious type of heart failure. PH can strike people of all backgrounds, ages and genders.

PH shares a number of its symptoms with other conditions, resulting in many people being misdiagnosed. Without treatment, the average life expectancy of someone with PH is less than three years. Alarmingly, many patients spend two to three years seeking an accurate diagnosis. It is estimated that approximately 5,000 Canadians have been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, but as many as 10,000 may be affected by the condition. While there is currently no cure for PH, thanks to available treatments, many patients are living longer, healthier lives.


Judith Lachance
Promotion and Communication Officer
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
613-798-5555 (17793)
613-806-0188 (cell)

Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte
Communications Associate
Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada
1-877-774-2226 (102)

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