How to: The step by step guide to the challenge
All you need to do the #PVRIBlueberrychallenge are some blueberries and a friend to video you doing the challenge. It takes around 10 minutes, and really helps our charity. So here are the steps once you start rolling:
- Explain that you're doing the challenge for our charity: (P-V-R-I)
- Begin the challenge!
- Insert one blueberry in your mouth, and after each blueberry attempt to say 'Pulmonary Vascular Disease'. (that's right, we know it's hard to say even without the fruit!)
- Once your communicative skills fail, and you're no longer able to say Pulmonary Vascular Disease - total up your score and give a shout out to all those watching.
- Nominate three friends to try and beat your score.
- Upload to Facebook/Youtube/Twitter & share!
- Mention us on Facebook @pulmonvasc or on Twitter @pvri and we'll be sure to re-post & re-tweet your film.
- You're done! Hooray! And thanks for helping spread the word about our charity and PVD.
Take a look at our very own intern, Fai doing the challenge below!
What is Pulmonary Vascular Disease?
Pulmonary Vascular Disease (PVD) is a form of Pulmonary hypertension (PH), which means high blood pressure in the lungs and not the rest of the body. It can be diagnosed when the blood vessels of the lung become blocked and obliterated. The disease affects people of all ages, races and backgrounds - the PVRI is the only charity working on a global scale to bring the world's leading professionals together, to help further our understanding of the disease, with a hope to one day curing it.
In its current form, Pulmonary Vascular Disease is incurable. Patients who are diagnosed with the condition often experience symptoms of breathlessness, poor circulation around the rest of the body (such as lips turning blue) & severe heart failure.
This disease comes in many different forms and is known to be triggered in some cases by factors such as contracting AIDS, becoming pregnant or exposure to high altitudes to name a few. As a result of this diverse range of triggers for the disease, our work in bringing professionals together from all over the world with many different case examples is essential to understanding PVD & helping diagnose it as quickly and effectively as possible.