"Life is Great," Says Denver Woman with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Pulmonary arterial hypertension is rare, and incurable - but new treatments help those who have it live more normal lives
April 27th, 2015

Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a rare disease, potentially deadly and currently incurable. But new treatments help those who have it – like Fran “Kolo” Etzkorn of Denver – lead more normal lives. “She had extremely severe disease — life-threatening,” said Dr. Todd Bull, a pulmonologist at University of Colorado Hospital. UCH’s Pulmonary Hypertension Care Center was just accredited as a Center of Comprehensive Care (CCC) — the only hospital in the region to receive that honor due to the extensive ongoing research to improve treatment of the disease.

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