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Fox Business: Healthcare Professionals Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to Raise Awareness of Serious Lung Disease

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

SILVER SPRING, Md.-- The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) announced today that three pulmonary hypertension (PH) specialists began their eight-day "Path to a Cure" journey to the 19,341-foot summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise global awareness of PH, a disease that affects the heart and lungs. Raymond Benza, M.D., Robert Frantz, M.D., and Jessica Lazar, MPA, PA-C, are climbing Africa's highest peak in an effort to bring attention to this rare and serious disease and to raise funds for PH research and other programs benefiting the PH community. 

To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/pathtoacure/41899/

PH is a progressive disease in which high blood pressure in the pulmonary artery of the lungs makes it difficult for the heart to supply blood to the lungs. Patients typically first report experiencing shortness of breath, a symptom also associated with more common illnesses such as asthma, which can lead to a delayed diagnosis.

"The high altitude will cause a temporary condition that mimics PH and its symptoms, allowing us a glimpse into the challenges our patients face every day," said Dr. Benza, Program Director Advanced Heart Failure, Transplant and Pulmonary Vascular Diseases, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa. "In climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, we will no doubt experience not only breathlessness, but also the fear and isolation that our PH patients experience."

To read more, visit the Fox Business website.

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