Women In Government's Pulmonary Hypertension Policy Resource Center was created in 2014 and serves as a resource for our 1,788 women state legislators and constituents, providing the tools and knowledge necessary to support sound policies that help with the advancement of Pulmonary Hypertension awareness, prevention and treatment.
The Policy Resource Center builds on Women In Government's previous work on a Pulmonary Hypertension Toolkit, which has been available since January. Those who have Pulmonary Hypertension suffer with abnormally high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs, caused when the small arteries in the lungs become narrowed and cannot carry as much blood.
According to the CDC, each year, 10 to 15 million people are diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, 200,000 are hospitalized, and more than 15,000 die of the disease.
"With increased awareness, early detection, and proper treatment of pulmonary hypertension we can decrease hospitalization time, and increase survival rates," said Dyan Alexander, WIG Executive Director. "Women In Government encourages state legislators to familiarize themselves with this disease so that they can protect their constituent's and ensure a healthier community."