Should You Exercise If You Have Pulmonary Hypertension?

In this video from the Vera Moulton Wall Center for Pulmonary Hypertension Disease at Stanford film, Dr. Kristina Kudelko discusses whether pulmonary hypertension patients should exercise and the health benefits they may experience when they undertake an exercise regimen.

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Kudelko explains that for many years it was considered dangerous for anyone with pulmonary hypertension to exercise. However, now physicians recommend that PH patients enter monitored exercise programs to gain health benefits and increase their six-minute walking test. Pulmonary rehabilitation can be tailored to the patient’s exact needs and will take into consideration the ability of the patient and any other medical issues they may be dealing with.

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  1. Beverly says:

    Then why don’t MORE cardiologists prescribe physical/cardio rehab? I found out I had PH by trying to get help with my exercise tolerance, but one cardiologist just wanted me to wear compression stockings and “keep your feet up”. The other wanted me to “go out jogging” in the ice, in the mountains at 72 years of age. When I objected then I got “then just turn on your TV and work out”. Some guidelines those are! I’ve lost 53 lbs so far, have been meticulous in every way to what has been suggested and prescribed, but exercise while highly touted just plain scares me now. I think that very often it’s not the patient. It’s the physicians, PA’s, nurses and others who are dropping the ball very badly. After one and a half years I still want an exercise program that makes sense and in which I can feel safe, especially in winter.

    • Tim Bossie says:

      We wish we could answer your question as to why aren’t there more rehab prescriptions, but we are in the same boat as you. We also wish there was more universal thought put into rehab and activity. That being said, there is also a lot of responsibility that the one who has this, and other diseases, in helping themselves. Great job on losing the weight! That is awesome… and very well done. Especially with PH.

  2. Richard Borden says:

    I have PAH 2ndary to hypoxia and apnea. I am half way through a monitored 12 week Pulmonary Rehab program that meets 3 days/wk. for an hour. It has made an amazing difference in my life. My stamina, tolerance for exercise, dyspnea, ALL have improved. My 6min walk increased by 67 feet almost a 10% improvement just at the halfway point. So far diet and exercise have been my only weapons and the fastest greatest improvement has come from exercise. Oxygen is the key LOTS of oxygen!!! When I work out I consume 10-12 L/min to keep my Sat’s above 90%.

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