How Pulmonary Rehabilitation Can Transform the Lives of People Living With Pulmonary Hypertension


In this video from UPMC, Dr. Patty George talks about the importance of exercise and pulmonary rehabilitation for people living with the chronic lung condition pulmonary hypertension (PH).

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Dr. George explains that regular exercise can have an enormous impact on the health and emotional well-being of someone with pulmonary hypertension. It can give them more energy, allowing them to enjoy much more of life. However, it’s important that exercise is initially supervised and that PH patients receive guidance from trained professionals before beginning any exercise regimen.

In addition, 66-year-old PH patient Linda talks about her life with the disease and explains that she’s noticed a big difference in what she can and can’t do since she began to incorporate exercise into her life.

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One comment

  1. Andrea Rice says:

    Exercise? I run out of breath just walking around. Have exercises I do on a mat that I do but not regularly.

    Just plain exercise 4 me is boring especially at home. I’m more prone 2 take an exercise class but wouldn’t even think about doing it now because of the severity of running out of breath when walking around my home or in public. Then the risk of falling because I don’t feel my feet, or legs underneath me. Spend lots of time sitting with my legs elevated 2 reduce some of the swelling in the lower extremities. Notice now I have swelling on my upper thighs and it feels so weird when sitting in the bathtub. I have no control over it spreading upwards and have read the swelling can be in my stomach and fingers 2. This is just plain gross 2 me. When I do exercise I like 2 wear the bare minimum because I get hot especially doing yoga. It’s not only an embarrassment 4 me 2 see the swelling and feel it but have others see it 2 if I were 2 take a class. The symptoms of this chronic illness make me want not 2 have contact with the outside world. My current exercise program is taking breaks from sitting 2 walk aroud my apartment and 2 the garbage chute. I have 2 rest many, many days just 2 be able 2 do small tasks. I fear those palpations that show up because I have 2 completely focus on how it is affecting me. Even if I’m in the middle of charity work I enjoy, I have 2 stop and pay attention. It is so scary and the longest episode lasted 20 minutes. That is when I thought I was going 2 faint. I live alone with my cat but do need assistance that I can’t afford because I have no income (waiting 4 disability) and my young son pays 4 all of my expenses. Tried caregiver service 4 hours cost $125 bucks which is expensive, so son wants me 2 drive wherever I need 2 go by myself. I have issues with this idea because he used 2 live with me then decided it was time 4 him 2 move out and I am OK with his idea but I don’t feel safe anywhere outside my apartment. The risks are way 2 high. Anyone out there feel the same or similar? Please send your comments and opinions as they are welcomed. Thanks 4 listening.

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