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Tom Lantos Pulmonary Hypertension Research and Education Act of 2008

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TOM LANTOS PULMONARY HYPERTENSION RESEARCH AND EDUCATION ACT OF 2008 -- (House of Representatives - September 25, 2008)

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Mr. PALLONE. Madam Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Madam Speaker, I rise in strong support of H.R. 6568, the Tom Lantos Pulmonary Hypertension Research and Education Act of 2008, as introduced by representative Kevin Brady and my good friend and the Health Subcommittee's vice chair, Lois Capps.

Pulmonary hypertension is a rare lung disorder in which the blood pressure in the pulmonary artery rises far above normal levels, usually with no apparent reason. Symptoms include chronic fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pains, palpitations, and fainting. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2002 there were 15,668 deaths and 260,000 hospital visits among persons with pulmonary hypertension.

The number of hospitalizations related to pulmonary hypertension has been increasing in recent years, especially among women. This measure would help improve current research efforts on pulmonary hypertension, as well as increased public awareness.

I want to thank my colleagues, Mr. Brady and Mrs. Capps for their work on this legislation.

I also want to recognize my colleague, Mr. Lantos, who passed away earlier this year. Passage of today's bill is a fitting tribute to Representative Lantos and his work in raising awareness about pulmonary hypertension and thousands of patients who suffer from it.

I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to offer their support for this very important bill, and I reserve the balance of my time.

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