A new support group for pulmonary hypertension patients will hold its first meeting Tuesday, Dec. 11 at noon on the fifth floor of The Kirklin Clinic.

Raymond Benza, M.D., director of the pulmonary vascular disease program at UAB, is hosting the meeting. Patients will run the support group.

The Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program at UAB is the largest in the Southeast that treats pulmonary arterial hypertension, a deadly and devastating disease that affects primarily women in their child-bearing years. It’s uniformly fatal without therapy within two years of diagnosis.

For more information on the support group, contact Debbie Glenn at 996-5774.