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June 28 2024

Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) Awareness Month


June marked Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) Awareness Month, a period dedicated to increasing understanding of this rare genetic disorder. A key event was World HHT Day on June 23rd, bringing together the global community to support those affected and promote knowledge about HHT.

What is HHT?

Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT), also known as Osler-Weber-Rendu syndrome, is a genetic disorder that affects blood vessels, leading to abnormal connections between arteries and veins. These abnormal blood vessels, called telangiectasias and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), can cause serious health issues, including frequent nosebleeds, gastrointestinal bleeding, and complications in organs such as the lungs, liver, and brain.

The Importance of HHT Awareness

Awareness is crucial for early diagnosis and management of HHT. Many individuals with HHT may go undiagnosed for years, leading to severe complications. Increased awareness helps in:

  • Early Detection: Recognizing symptoms early can lead to timely diagnosis and better management of the disease.
  • Improved Treatment: Understanding HHT allows healthcare providers to offer more effective treatments and interventions.
  • Support and Resources: Raising awareness provides patients and their families with access to support networks and educational resources.

World HHT Day: A Global Effort

World HHT Day on June 23rd was a pivotal moment in the awareness month. On this day, the global HHT community united to:

  • Raise Awareness: Through events, social media campaigns, and educational initiatives, World HHT Day aimed to inform the public about HHT.
  • Support Patients: Offering a platform for patients to share their stories and connect with others who understand their journey.
  • Promote Research: Highlighting the importance of ongoing research in finding better treatments and, ultimately, a cure for HHT.

Get Involved

Even though HHT Awareness Month has ended, the efforts to support those with HHT continue year-round. Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Educate Yourself: Learn more about HHT and its impact. Visit VASCERN’s HHT page for detailed information.
  • Spread the Word: Share information about HHT with your network to increase awareness.
  • Support Research: Consider donating to organizations dedicated to HHT research and patient support.


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