Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) is a life-threatening condition that affects the lungs and heart. It is characterised by high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs which can lead to heart failure and death.
- There are thought to be around 75,000 Australians living with PH and it can affect patients of all ages, including children.
- PH should not be confused with ordinary hypertension (high blood pressure), and it can occur in patients with or without ordinary hypertension
- The symptoms of PH vary in each individual, but common symptoms include breathlessness, dizziness, feeling faint, swelling of the feet and ankles, chest pain, fatigue and cyanosis (blue discolouration of the lips).
- Currently, there is no cure for the vast majority of patients with PH
After a hard training session or race it is always a relief when I can stop to recover and catch my breath. I can understand how difficult it would be to suffer from PH and constantly feel short of breath without having a finish line in sight. I draw great strength and motivation from people who face a different kind of Ironman challenge, living a limited life from chronic and fatal health conditions including those who are diagnosed with PH disease.
Get breathless on race day and help raise awareness & funds towards PH
To help raise awareness of the condition and its symptoms, spectators & athletes are invited to participate in the following race day activities taking place at the Town Green, Port Macquarie, Sunday 3 May:
- There will be a marque where patients with PH will be handing out bells on race day. Support and share your IM experience with the PH community :-)
- Jump on a stationary exercise bike for 1 minute to 'get breathless for PH' and for every participant, Bayer will make a gold coin donation to PHAA
- Encourage IM athletes to ring the 'PH awareness bell' as they pass through the bell ringing zone set up at the Town Green on the official run course. Bayer Australia will also make a gold coin donation for each athlete who rings the bell on race day.
Best of luck to all our athletes on race day. I'll be cheering loud with bells on!
Bec Hoschke :-)