VIDEO: Riverdance cast ‘Get Breathless’ for sufferers of devastating disease Pulmonary Hypertension
Published 05/05/2015 | 13:24
The cast of Riverdance today pledged their support to Irish sufferers of devastating disease Pulmonary Hypertension and vowed to ‘Get Breathless’ to raise awareness ahead of their string of Dublin shows.
The dancers demonstrated their skills on World Pulmonary Hypertension Day at the 1Escape Gym in Smithfield as they prepare for their run in Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre this summer.
The rare disease affects the heart and lungs and just over 200 people in Ireland live with the disorder. Pulmonary Hypertension can lead to heart failure and death if not treated on time.
Speaking today Regina Prenderville of Ireland’s Pulmonary Hypertension Association said:
“It is a dreadful devastating disease and we are trying to raise awareness of this. Our theme is get breathless for PH and we’re asking able bodied people to get breathless for pulmonary hypertension because people with this disorder are breathless all the time.
“They often present to their doctor with tiredness and shortness of breath, swollen ankles and often times the GP might just think that it’s asthma or sometimes in young women they might just think that they’re tired if they have a few children at home and they are just given the wrong medication.
“If they’re not given the correct medication within three years unfortunately the patient will die,” she said.
Although there have been great strides in the treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension in recent years Regina said it was vital to continue raising awareness and much needed funds for the cause.
“There is great medication available now to help and support this disease so today Riverdance are launching their Dublin show and we’re delighted.
“We all know that Riverdance get very breathless throughout the course of their show and they have done that here today by posing for the media which we hope will raise awareness for this devastating disease,” she said.